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Published by The Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois

Swords and Ploughshares series
Vol. XVII / No. 1 / Winter 2008-9

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This issue of Swords and Ploughshares derives its content from a symposium held on the University of Illinois campus in October 2008, entitled "US-EU-Russia: New Strategic Dynamics after Bush."

This project sought to examine the complex relations among the United States, European Union, and Russia at a juncture when circumstances suggested such analysis was particularly warranted—with the conclusion of George W. Bush’s eight years as US president, following the ascension to the Russian presidency by Dmitry Medvedev after Vladimir Putin’s eight years in that office (albeit with Putin’s transition to prime minister portending a less seismic shift in Russian policy direction than the US case signals). These changes have implications for the immediate form and tone of US-EU-Russia relations.

In addition to offering a retrospective analysis of the post-cold war period and especially the past decade, this collection of articles seeks to understand and contextualize a series of recent developments that have brought the uneasy triangle of relations between the US, EU, and Russia into stark relief. Those developments include Kosovo’s declaration of independence in February 2008; the August 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict; US proposals to place missile defense systems in the Czech Republic and Poland; and ongoing disputes over natural gas that have disrupted flows from Russian energy suppliers to Ukraine and other countries of Europe.


Introduction [PDF]

Russia and Europe: An Imbalanced Relationship [PDF]

The Old Soviet Bloc: Whose New Europe? [PDF]

Hollow Swords: Russia's Military Today—Implications for the US and Europe [PDF]