Putin and the Nuclear Dimension to Russian Strategy

Stephen J. Cimbala, Roger N. McDermott

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Nuclear weapons and nuclear strategy have found themselves as parts of the discussions among expert and other commentators about the future of Russian President Vladimir Putin and about Russia’s military-strategic options in Europe following its annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Eastern Ukraine. This study considers some of the nuclear-related aspects of Putin’s and Russia’s survivability with respect to: (1) principal challenges for NATO in the face of improving Russian military capabilities and plausible strategies, (2) the future relationship between Russia’s conventional military and nuclear capabilities and military-strategic priorities, and (3) assessment of Russia’s threat perceptions in the context of its ‘strategic history’.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-553
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Slavic Military Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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