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Vol. 10 No. 1 | 2023 Edition

Violet Geinger

Can Back Channels Prevent Direct Military Conflict
Between Russia and NATO?


Yury Nadtochey

Against the background of ongoing war in Ukraine few options remain to escape the worst scenario of tensions between Russia and the West in Eastern Europe and beyond. We might point out three possible ways on how this disastrous future can be avoided: 

1) unilateral steps taken by the conflicting parties in order to de-escalate; 

2) enhancing existing communication lines; 

3) back channel diplomacy


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Yury Nadtochey has worked as an associate professor at the Department of World Politics at MGIMO University for many years. He taught a number of courses on the theory and history of international relations, as well as on world politics and EU politics to both bachelor’s and master’s students. Nadtochey holds a diploma in area studies (European Studies) from the School of International Relations of the Moscow University for the Humanities (2004). In 2005 he was an intern, and then a fellow of the PIR Center. He also took part in PIR Center International Summer School on Nonproliferation of WMD for experts from Russia and CIS countries. As part of his Ph.D. thesis, he completed an internship at the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies (2006). He received his Ph.D. in contemporary history from Moscow University for the Humanities (2008). His paper focused on the origin of unilateralism in the U.S. Euro-Atlantic policy after the Cold War. His area of expertise includes the security policy of NATO and EU members, transatlantic relations, security institutions in Europe, confidence-building measures, disarmament, and arms control. He has authored roughly 50 publications in a number of leading academic journals and is a regular contributor to the European Security Bulletin, published by INION Russian Academy of Sciences.

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