Russia and its ‘New Security Architecture’ in Europe: a critical examination of the concept

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Series Details No.310, 2009
Publication Date 05/02/2009
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One of the most important effects of Russia’s war against Georgia in August 2008 was a new set of approaches to the future of European security being actively promoted by Dmitry Medvedev and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to their interpretation, the Georgian war was not a particular incident (an exception) but a structural event, a landmark comparable to Russia’s own ‘September 11’ to be symbolised as a ‘moment of truth’. This Working Document looks at Russia’s critique of the existing security architecture and its search for a new one.

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