MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s chief military officer says the nation is facing an increased threat of being drawn into conflicts at its borders that may grow into an all-out nuclear war. Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff, pointed at NATO’s expansion eastward and said Thursday that the risks for Russia to be pulled into local conflicts have “risen sharply.” He added, according to Russian news agencies wires, that “under certain conditions local and regional conflicts may develop into a full-scale war involving nuclear weapons.” [end of AP dispatch]
To understand how Gen. Makarov can see things that way, check out one of the handouts for my Stanford seminar on “Nuclear Weapons, Risk and Hope.” While all of it is relevant, the section “Not One Inch Eastward” starting on page 6 is particularly applicable. If you’d like to “take” the seminar, all the handouts are on my courses page.
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