chapter  9
Opportunities and Challenges for Russia in the Nordic–Baltic Region
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Theaimofthischapteristoexaminetheuniquecombinationof opportunitiesandrisksforRussiaanditsWesternpartnersinthe Nordic-Balticarea.Itstartsbyexaminingthevariousinstitutional frameworksinthearea,focusingparticularlyonthenewcooperative agendawiththeEU.Itthenlooksintothepotentialcrisisthatanew waveofNATOenlargementcouldcause.PrioritiesoftheRussian leadership,personifiedasthe'Putinfactor',areevaluated.Lastly,it presentstheextraordinaryrisksrelatedtoRussia'spoormaintenanceof itsnuclearstructuresintheregion.