Relations between the NATO military alliance and the Russian Federation were established in 1991 within the framework of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council. In 1994, Russia joined the Partnership for Peace program, and through the early-2010s, NATO and Russia signed several additional agreements on cooperation. NATO has taken defensive and proportionate steps in response to a changed security environment. In response to Russia's use of military force against its neighbours, Allies requested a greater NATO presence in the Baltic region. The Russia–NATO Council was established in 2002 for handling security issues and joint projects. Cooperation between Russia and NATO focused on several main sectors: terrorism, military cooperation, Afghanistan (including transportation by Russia of non-military International Security Assistance Force freight, and fighting local drug production), industrial cooperation, and weapons non-proliferation. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only country with a Membership Action Plan, which together with Georgia, were named NATO “aspirant countries” at the North Atlantic Council meeting on 7 December 2011. Ukraine was recognized as an aspirant country after the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine led to Finland and Sweden applying for membership on 18 May 2022. This book seeks to rectify this shortcoming and apply some conceptual rigor to the analysis of strategic partnerships in international relations. This is achieved through the employment of a model drawn from the field of organization studies.
About the Author:
C.V. Arya, M.A., M.Phil. (Pol. Sci.), Associate Professor, teaching for last twelve years at JRC College, Kaler under B. R. Ambedkar University. He has actually organised several inter college level seminars and workshops and also attended ten national and 2 international seminars and presented research papers. He has also published his articles in reputed journals and magazines.