Deciphering prospects for Russian-NATO cooperation : comparative analysis of counternarcotics policy
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Russia and NATO have both asserted that they have mutual interests in Afghanistan, but Russia's recent actions send confusing and perhaps even conflicting signals to an international community hoping for a revived relationship with a certain level of predictability. This paper takes a more thorough look at one potential sphere of cooperation: counternarcotics. In order to establish a framework against which to assess Russia's commitment to counternarcotics, the paper first examines drug policies of the United States, Australia, and Brazil from 2004 to 2009. Ultimately, the comparative analysis demonstrates that Russia is committed to combating the flow of illicit substances and does share a sphere of mutual interest with NATO. Russian-NATO cooperation on more divergent interests, then, is unlikely.
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