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Who ‘Lost’ Russia? An Enquiry into the Failure of the Russian-Western Partnership (WHP 71)


An enlarged NATO, forced to consider how to defend its new members from possible Russian aggression, is set for an ‘unavoidable clash’ of interests with Russia transfixed by Cold War logic that still harbours ‘imperial ambitions’

In this report, Dr Eyal challenges the growing consensus that the West is responsible for missing a historic opportunity to engage Russia, by allegedly failing to appreciate the full depth of Russia’s aspirations and feelings. ‘It is simply untrue that the Russians were isolated, that their interests were not taken into account, or that the West has sought to ‘benefit’ from the collapse of the Soviet Union. The West did not rush into Eastern Europe; the former Soviet

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Jonathan Eyal

Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships

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