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The Post-Cold War Arms Race

The latest military confrontation in Europe began recently in Ukraine. In the middle of June, Russia announced that it would respond to any moves by the United States to build up military capabilities in Eastern Europe by fortifying its western border. In other words, this is a new post-Cold War arms race in the making. So, how did we come to this?

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia and NATO eventually came to an understanding regarding the status of the non-Warsaw Pact Eastern Europe, as reflected in the 1997 Founding Act. In this Act, NATO and Russia agreed to create a common space of security and stability in Europe, “without spheres of influence limiting the sovereignty of any state.” The member states of NATO reiterated that they had “no intention, no plan and no reason to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of new members and do not foresee any future need to do so.”

As well, and most relevant today, NATO and Russia agreed to “strengthen stability by further developing measures to prevent any potentially threatening buildup of conventional forces in agreed regions of Europe, to include Central and Eastern Europe.”

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