It should be clear that a strong consensus exists in the Russian foreign and defence policy community that views the ‘near abroad’, or ‘post-Soviet geo-political space’, as a Russian sphere of influence.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991 a new fear emerged: that of Central Asia as a key link in a Muslim fundamentalist ‘arc of instability’ stretching from North Africa to western China. Once again, reality was brushed aside in favour of sensationalist theory.
The Seminar on the Democratic Management of Defence was held at RUSI in May 1992. This Whitehall Paper is taken from the proceedings of the Seminar. It is not a verbatim report, but a summary of the proceedings.