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The focus of this Master’s thesis is on a collective regional security organization, namely the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), and its desire to enhance and expand multilateral ties with another regional security organization, namely the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). My aim throughout this research is to draw attention to the little-known and under-researched CSTO; to find reasons as to why and how it wants to establish multilateral ties with NATO, and why its desire to enhance institutional cooperation has been denied up until now; and to enquire whether such cooperation is possible at all.
These questions are explored through the lenses of three prominent theories of international relations, i.e. realism, neoliberal institutionalism and social constructivism, that are used to assess the institutions’ respective strengths and weaknesses, their visions of each other and also to explain whether it is plausible for the organizations to cooperate.
The conclusions find that in the near to mid-term, that although there are some practical reasons for the organizations to cooperate in specific issue areas, e.g. Afghanistan, there are too many factors that prevent the organizations from establishing formal ties which would lead to meaningful cooperation.