The Ukraine Crisis, Russia Resurgent and the West: A NATO Perspective

15 Oct 2014 18:00
15 Oct 2014 20:00

Russia's annexation of the Crimea has taken the United States and Europe by surprise, yet it is generating renewed focus on NATO and casting doubt over the political cohesion of European countries. What do Russia's "hybrid" tactics in Ukraine tell us about future NATO engagement with the East? Should Russia be treated as NATO's biggest threat or do Putin's actions in Ukraine and the broader Eastern space threaten to deflect attention away from the Asia-Pacific

with Michael Rühle, Head of Energy Security, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

Michael Rühle is currently Head of the Energy Security Section in the Emerging Security Challenges Division in NATO’s International Staff. Previously he was Head, Speechwriting, and Senior Political Advisor in the NATO Secretary General’s Policy Planning Unit. Before joining NATO's International Staff in 1991, Rühle was a Volkswagen-Fellow at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Sankt Augustin, Germany, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C. Rühle is published widely on international security issues in, among others, American Foreign Policy Interests, Comparative Strategy, European Security, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Russia in Global Affairs, International Affairs, International Herald Tribune, The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, NATO Review, Parameters, Strategic Review, Turkish Policy Quarterly, and The World Today. He has also co-authored a book on missile defence. His essay “Good and Bad Nuclear Weapons” was published in 2009 in German and English. 

This was the second lecture of the Autumn Lecture Series 2014 entitled "The Future of European Geostrategy", which was jointly organised by the Institute for European Studies-VUB and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations. Read more about the lecture series!

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