What We Do

StrategEast connects Post-Soviet Elites with the West

StrategEast is a strategic center for political and diplomatic solutions whose goal is to reorient the elites of these nations that broke away after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and to guide and assist them into closer working relationships with the USA and Western Europe.

StrategEast sees nations from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) outside of the Russian Federation as coalescing around and facing common geopolitical challenges.
We are strongly convinced that the rapprochement of the post-Soviet elites with American and West European government institutions and civil society serves the interests of global security and could gradually lead to the westernization of the entire region.

The mission of our center is to assist the post-Soviet region in becoming a part of the Western world. We engage exclusively in political and non-governmental fields of expertise and stress and ensure that our activities do not include or involve in any way financial or commercial interests in the region.

The “all or nothing” policy approach in regards to the democratization of these nations has proven to be ineffective. In our opinion, based upon years of intimate knowledge, experience and expertise, a gradual development of independent institutions in these countries in exchange for an expansion of economic cooperation will result in a far more effective and long-term sustainable outcome.

At StrategEast, we consider the current situation to present not only new risks and challenges, but also significant new opportunities. There is a strong window of opportunity for the post-Soviet nations to finally be set on the path to greater development offered by Western assistance and knowledge.

Concurrently, there is a unique chance for the West to offer those countries both political and economic alternatives based on Western values, including greater inclusivity in state institutions, a separation of powers, protection of human rights, a free economy and stable development.

Why We Do It

Background

Over a quarter of a century since the collapse of the Soviet Union two territories with roughly equivalent numbers in population have emerged: The Russian Federation and those outside of it. These non-Russian states are tied not only by a shared past, but also face common challenges.

Key challenges and demonstrated need

There is a window of opportunity for the West to reorient certain former Soviet Union nations outside of the Russian Federation towards progress, development, greater openness and democratization. At StrategEast, we have identified the historic challenges and created sustainable solutions based on our many years of experience, ties and knowledge in the region to ensure that this historic moment is not lost and is in fact utilized for the benefit of long-term global stability and security.

Many feel that elements of the Cold War have returned, with geopolitical confrontations becoming more frequent, and the map of political and diplomatic calculations being further redefined.

 

Currently, the majority of post-Soviet nations share inability to find a common language with Western leadership and institutions. Post-Soviet elites, undemocratic and kleptocratic in their mentality, first and foremost dread losing their power and the wealth accumulated over the years of their rule. However, concurrently, and more predominantly, they are unwilling to become hostages of political instability in their own countries and in the region, because of a concern for their future.

All of these factors provides for fertile ground for the leadership of post-Soviet republics to engage in a systematic and holistic dialogue with the West, and exploring openings for integration.

Put simply, there is strong possible leverage in promises of ensuring greater security for the leaders of these nations in exchange for reforms and westernization programs.

Where We Work

Eastern Mind, Western Values

Currently, the majority of post-Soviet nations share inability to find a common language with Western leadership and institutions. Post-Soviet elites, undemocratic and kleptocratic in their mentality, first and foremost dread losing their power and the wealth accumulated over the years of their rule. However, concurrently, and more predominantly, they are unwilling to become hostages of political instability in their own countries and in the region, because of a concern for their future.

All of these factors provides for fertile ground for the leadership of post-Soviet republics to engage in a systematic and holistic dialogue with the West, and exploring openings for integration.

Put simply, there is strong possible leverage in promises of ensuring greater security for the leaders of these nations in exchange for reforms and westernization programs.

The coming decade will be momentous for these nations and decisions will be made surrounding their future direction and orientation. There will be those who will resolve to move carefully and cautiously towards a more free, democratic and developed future and those who will remain in the Soviet past.

The greatest challenge on the path toward the integration of these former Soviet nations, and, above all, their political and economic elites, into the Western sphere will be the difficulty in finding a common ground, language and practice.

We see the goals of assisting the post-Soviet elites find a common language with Western political and economic institutes, to formulate mutual interests, find ways towards their implementation, and provide for the long-term stable partnership of the parties along this path as our primary mission and where we can be of greatest service. We see an implementation of shifting current tactical interests towards a greater long-term strategy.

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