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Unpublished Paper
The Illusion of Parity: Determining US Policy in the Post-Post Soviet Period
  • Kyle Sallee, Portland State University
For 70 years, Soviet schoolchildren were taught “Moya rodina — Sovetskiy Soyuz (TheSoviet Union is my motherland),” but the motherland would be brought to her knees in 1991 as the trans-national Soviet identity disappeared with the collapse of the Soviet Empire, taking with it the ruins of the ideological, social, and political institutions that had supported civilization in the USSR and the Eastern Bloc for generations. What remained in the wake, a nuclear apparatus which was second only to that of the United States, would be the cause of an ongoing discourse between the Russian Federation and the United States. This essay details this discourse by analyzing US-Russian relations during the Post-Soviet Period from 1992-2007 and the Post-Post Soviet Period which follows the Russian Federation’s invasion of Georgia in the summer of 2008. Chronicling the history which has led to the New START program between the United States and Russian Federation, I answer three questions: Firstly, does the Russian Federation pose a significant nuclear threat to the United States, secondly, does the proposed end of the Post-Soviet Period signal the end of nuclear cooperation between the United States and the Russian Federation, and thirdly, how must U.S. and NATO policy adapt to suit the current offensive Russian strategy?
  • Soviet,
  • Nuclear,
  • Russian,
  • United States,
  • NATO,
Publication Date
Fall November 17, 2017
Citation Information
Kyle Sallee. "The Illusion of Parity: Determining US Policy in the Post-Post Soviet Period" (2017)
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