The Militarization of the Collective Security Treaty Organization

  • July 15, 2009
  • COL John A Mowchan

There is mounting evidence that one of the long-term effects of Russia's incursion into the neighboring state of Georgia last year is taking shape in Moscow's recent reenergized efforts to transform the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) into to a more cohesive militarized security alliance. While still in the preliminary phase of development, Moscow's initiative most likely has a two-fold purpose: to help increase collective security within Eurasia, and to counter and ultimately limit U.S. and Western influence in Eurasian region, which the Kremlin still considers to be within its backyard, or more precisely part of its "Near Abroad."