When searching for information on this topic, potentially useful keywords to use include :
- NATO-Russia relations
- NATO-Russia Council
This LibGuide includes links to content found on the web (e.g. websites, news & blogs, reports, etc.) as well as a select number of articles and books available from the NATO Multimedia Library.
Please note that this is not a comprehensive collection of material on NATO-Russia relations. The selection criteria for the websites and documents included was based on each item's currency and relevancy to this topic.
Furthermore, quick search boxes for online databases subscribed by the Library (available to staff working at NATO HQ) as well as links to the library catalog are available for you to locate additional resources.
This LibGuide contains English language and where available, French language material on issues related to NATO-Russia relations. It is intended to provide a few starting points to assist you with your research on this topic.
After the August 2008 conflict in Georgia which severely disrupted NATO-Russia relation, NATO's leaders endorsed the decision to resume cooperation with Russia at the Strasbourg-Kehl Summit in 2009, stating that:
"Despite our current disagreements, Russia is of particular importance to us as a partner and neighbour. NATO and Russia share common security interests.[...] We are committed to using the NATO-Russia Council as a forum for political dialogue on all issues – where we agree and disagree – with a view towards resolving problems, addressing concerns and building practical cooperation." (Art. 35 of the Strasbourg-Kehl Summit Declaration, 4 April 2009)
Good places to start your research include:
- the NATO Topic pages on NATO's relations with Russia, the Portal on Russia-NATO relations, the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), NATO's relations with Russia as well as news stories featured on the NATO website
- NATO Review's Russia-NATO relations : 20 years after the USSR
- The NATO-Russia Council official website
- The Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation, signed in Paris France (27 May 1997)
- "A New Beginning for NATO and Russia", a speech by NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, published by Project Syndicate/Europe's World on 20 October 2010 [link to other speeches found on the NATO website]
- The NATO-Russia Council in Brussels (dated 4 May 2011) launched a new Consolidated Glossary of Cooperation. As Admiral Di Paola said during the NRC session, “The Glossary symbolizes the genuine efforts which NATO and Russia have made to understand each other better and to work together at a new level of cooperation towards a true strategic partnership."
- The NATO-Russia Council met in Berlin on Friday 15 April 2011 in the first session after the NRC Summit in Libson in November 2010: NATO and Russia move forward the Lisbon agenda. Most recently, the NATO-Russia Council met in Sochi, Russia on 4 July, 2011.
- A recent article by Lieutenant Colonel John D. Johnston, published in Small Wars Journal (February 2011) which "aims to examine recent U.S. and NATO efforts to develop better relations with Russia, identify areas of common interest and disagreement, and provide recommendations for the way forward."
- On 17 February 2011, at the 51st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in New Orleans, LA, a roundtable titled "Russia, US and Europe: Can Relations be "Reset"?" was held. On this occasion, Arthur R. Rachwald presented a paper which discusses Russian perceptions of and attitudes toward the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
- The article "What's happening with NATO-Russia relations?" (30 September 2011) by Anthony Spota
- The article "NATO and Russia Can Defend Together" (5 December 2011) in the New York Times by the Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen
- The NATO news stories "Two anniversaries mark milestones in NATO-Russia relations" (27 May 2012) and NATO-Russia military-to-military direct line (15 February 2013)