Video: Russia’s Real and Imagined Security Concerns

During my interview with David Satter, I asked about the Russian decision to push the United States out of the Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan, thereby hampering NATO’s chances of success in Afghanistan – which is arguably one example of NATO working to contribute to Russian national security – among other topics (missiles, Ukraine, proliferation in Iran, etc.).  Surely Russia has some “legitimate” security concerns that the West should recognize and work together on, but often the diplomacy pushes out in other directions toward seemingly “invented” security concerns to play politics.  On the other hand, so far any overtures to cooperate on security are poorly received.  What gives?  Here is one opinion: