Russia’s Military Operations in Ukraine and Strategic Implications for ‘Fortress Europe’


  • Ahmed Ijaz Malik Assistant Professor, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad



Transatlantic Defence Industry, Fortress Europe, Polarity, Bandwagoning, Balancing, Samobytnost


The ongoing military operations in Ukraine and the unfolding events have displayed the potential of this conflict to extend conventionally to Europe and placing great powers including the United States of America (US) and China in strategic and tactical confrontation. Tracing the dynamics that contributed to the crisis and confrontations between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), European Union (EU), the US and Russia; this article presents analysis regarding the likely transformation in the US, NATO and EU alliance. The enduring military operation appears to have divided the European states in pursuit of their diplomatic, strategic and economic interests. Based on their economic interests, a few have struck clandestine deals with Russia; while others have criticised the Russian offensive, but have merely offered token diplomatic support to Ukraine. While the conduct of military operations has raised strategic concerns overall for European states, the global military industrial complex has certainly benefitted by selling conventional weapons and technologies to both conflicting parties. It is likely that in case this conflict extends beyond Ukraine; it shall serve the US’ grand strategic interests through the direct and indirect employment of its war industry and military means. This is also likely to reinvigorate and strengthen US stagnant alliance with Europe and the related moribund military entrepreneurial structures. These strategies are likely to support the long-term designs of re-structuring the international order to US’s own strategic and economic advantage against the emerging powers.

JSSA Vol 9, No.2




How to Cite

Malik, Ahmed Ijaz. 2024. “Russia’s Military Operations in Ukraine and Strategic Implications for ‘Fortress Europe’”. Journal of Security &Amp; Strategic Analyses 9 (2):40-56.