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By Anne C. Aldis, Roger N. McDermott

Army reform has featured prominently at the schedule of many nations because the finish of the chilly battle necessitated a re-assessment of the strategic position of the military, and nowhere extra publicly than in Russia. no longer because the Twenties have the Russian defense force passed through such basic switch. President Boris Yeltsin and his successor Vladimir Putin have either grappled with the difficulty, with various levels of luck. a global staff of specialists the following ponder the fundamental beneficial properties of Russian army reform within the decade because the disintegration of the USSR. Fluctuations within the goal and priorities of the reform approach are traced, in addition to the numerous elements influencing switch. Chapters examine the advance of Russia's safeguard coverage, structural reform of the prone, the social impression of army carrier and adventure of army clash in Chechnya. severe reviews of the impression of social switch at the Russian defense force' services and expectancies supplement the research of the on-going debate. Russian army Reform, 1992-2002 will end up precious to all these attracted to civil-military relationships and foreign safeguard in addition to to scholars of army conception and perform.

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21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. Alliance’s Strategic Concept, Brussels: NATO Office of Information and Press, 1999, p. 14. In the Russian view with the experience of Kosovo, Chechnya could very well have been the next conflict for NATO to intervene in. Therefore Russia considered this Concept to be a threat for its national interests. I carried out extensive research on a thematical comparison of the three NSCs (1997, 1999, 2000). See ‘De ontwikkeling van Ruslands Grand Strategy, 1992–2000’, Atlantisch Perspectief, 25, 6, November 2001, pp.

Taking into account the fact that internal and external policies are so closely 10 RUSSIAN MILITARY REFORM, 1992–2002 connected, as is also stated in the FPC, Putin has given a high priority to economic cooperation and integration in the global economy. In view of Russia’s geographic position, this leads to the conclusion that closer ties with Europe are in the interest of the RF. Not surprisingly, Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov has stated that Russia’s primary external interests lie in Europe.

Many CIS states had previously been tied to the RF because of economic and/or military dependency. However, the growing Western presence in this area could very well end this dependency. The involvement of the West in the CIS is slowly appearing to be of the long-lasting kind. 25 It is not likely that these costly investments are made for stationing troops in that area for a limited period of time. Another aspect of these investments is that they lead to an economic impulse for the CIS states in question.

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