Russia Should Trade Crimea For The Dissolution Of NATO

Look, everyone, I am a realist in international relations, so I do not think this fabulous idea stands a chance of happening. But I can’t resist sharing this fabulous idea published in Foreign Affairs:

That doesn’t mean there is nothing the West can offer. The first and most radical option would be to dissolve NATO — a possibility that is overdue for serious consideration — and replace it with a new security bloc. The new group, which might be called the Global Northern Alliance, would bring together all current NATO states, Russia and the members of its Collective Security Treaty Organization, and Japan and South Korea. The bloc would be led by today’s three major military powers: the United States, Russia, and the European Union. Its main task would be to preserve and reinforce peace on the European continent and in the northern hemisphere more broadly. But its greater objective would be to interrupt Russia’s drift toward the rising powers of the developing world, a club that it increasingly aspires to join despite its historical ties to Europe.

For the West to agree to such a reorganization, Russia would have to return Crimea to Ukraine, cease confrontational rhetoric, and abandon its policy of fueling and then exploiting controlled instability near its borders. This decision would be a difficult one for Putin to take, but his desire to include Russia in a group of leading world powers may be too strong to resist. Of course, some portion of Russia’s much vaunted sovereignty may be lost as a result, but the benefits — cementing its position among the major global players — may be worth the costs. And, of course, its oligarchs will welcome Russia’s membership in a club that represents the global financial elite, which has remained one of their key aspirations all along.

Again, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen. The West is way too investing in NATO to dissolve the stupid thing now. But hey, a girl can hope, right?

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5 thoughts on “Russia Should Trade Crimea For The Dissolution Of NATO

  1. Fortunately the proposed solution is just a pipe dream and relates more to an alternative reality. But seriously even if it could be implemented, it would be a very bad idea for Russia. Because the result would be just exactly what the West wants, i.e. crush Russia’s independent stance. That was the goal of the West from the beginning of the post Cold War period, because Russia’s position is a major obstacle on the path to the West’s global dominance. The West’s attempts to diminish Russia’s influence by including it in various Western institutions were undertaken first when Yeltsin was in office. This is not what Russia is willing to accept. Mikhail Hazin has put it brilliantly:

    1. I agree it’s a pipe dream, but I’m not sure it would be a terrible idea for Russia. Don’t get me wrong, I am as in favor of Crimea remaining a part of Russia as you are! But I guess what I’m saying is I dislike NATO and am more in favor of getting rid of that institution than I am of Crimea’s integration into Russia, so I would be willing to compromise. 🙂

      1. It would be a wrong idea, because:
        1. NATO in its current form has already become obsolete, i.e. ineffective even for the purpose of global Western domination. Its members are reluctant to fight for the “common cause”.
        2. The goal of NATO to “deter Russia, China et al” by the way has not all disappeared.
        3. Thus NATO is looking for ways to reform itself, perhaps by means of dissolution and resurrection under different name with fewer members and more resolution to pursue its interests.
        4. Taking into account all these circumstances the dissolution of NATO would not increase the world’s and Russia’s security, meanwhile that would be presented as a big consession to Russia. This is just like Obama’s decision not to place elements of the ABM in Poland and Czekh republic and put them on ships instead. That is the threat has not disappeared, it has only taken a different form.
        5. Besides if Russia were included in some Western security organizations it would be bound legally to follow the Western agenda, which is highly unlikely. There is a huge gap in understanding between Russia and the West with regards to practically everything ranging from security to economy. If you listened attentively what Mikhail Khazin said, you saw that any Western institutions had lost credibility in the eyes of the Kremlin, Putin and the Russians in general.

  2. I like the idea of thinking radically to solve international problems peacefully. In that case, nothing is off the table. When it comes to the specifics of asking people and nations to relinquish pet projects, then dissolving NATO is probably very much off the table.

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