Economic Dimensions of Security in Russia
John E. Tedstrom
Perhaps nowhere in the world have the economic dimensions of international security become so prominent as in the post-Soviet space commonly referred to as the New Independent States (NIS). This is true in the context of these countries' efforts to build successful states and in the context of U.S. policy toward them. Whether the focus is on internal recovery and stability, regional cooperation, or global integration, economic issues are of central importance. Moreover, even when the United States engages Russia on more traditional security threats such as nonproliferation or arms control, economic levers and logic often emerge as some of our most effective foreign policy tools.
The United States' fundamental, long-term interest in all the transition countries is their development from transition states to modern market democracies that play constructive, collaborative international roles, rather than their decline into rogue or failed states. While none of countries of the region will emerge as peer competitors to the United States in the next generation, it is possible that one or more of the states could stumble on its path toward