Between the years 1945 and 1947, twenty-nine out of thirty German speakers who were on Czechoslovak soil at the end of the Second World War were ‘expelled’ from the region known as Sudetenland. The division of Europe rendered debate of these events futile, a mere game of rhetoric. Then in 1989 the ground rules suddenly changed.
Halfway through the 1990s, the main problems of Ukrainian-Russian relations still remain unresolved. To foresee the possible developments in these relations, this Whitehall Paper analyses the main strategic priorities of the foreign, military and national security policies of Russia and Ukraine after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
Why study Russian views on the new ‘revolution in military affairs’ (RMA)? First, Operation Desert Storm signalled the advent of a dramatic metamorphosis in warfare. Like its Soviet predecessor, the Russian military views RMA as the nucleus of future warfare.