Explore the strategic role and dynamics of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in our concise analysis. We delve into CSTO’s goals, its comparison with NATO, member state relations, and its impact on Russia’s economic and security policies. Understand CSTO’s international support, future prospects, and operational capabilities. This brief yet comprehensive video is essential for grasping CSTO’s influence in today’s geopolitical sphere.


  • CSTO’s Strategic Goals and Objectives in 2024
  • CSTO and NATO: A Comparative Analysis
  • Internal Dynamics: Relations Among CSTO Member States
  • CSTO’s Role in Supporting Russia’s Energy and Economic Policies
  • CSTO’s Function in Safeguarding Russia’s Economic Interests
  • Aligning CSTO Activities with Russia’s National Security Agenda
  • International Backing for CSTO: The Role of China, Iran, and North Korea
  • Future Trajectory of CSTO: Expansion or Dissolution Prospects
  • Operational Capacity of CSTO: Forces and Military Capabilities
  • Evaluating the Current Agenda of CSTO
  • Future Outlook: Revising CSTO’s Strategic Agenda for Sustainability
  • Assessing Russia’s Diplomatic Strategies within CSTO
  • BRICS and CSTO: Potential for Adoption of Treaty Framework
  • Western Perspectives on Russia’s Geopolitical Alliances and Blocs
  • Highlighting CSTO’s Key Achievements and Positive Contributions
  • Impact of CSTO on Russia’s Security Doctrine and Policy
  • Analysing the Reasons Behind Countries’ Withdrawal from CSTO
  • Operational Challenges: Understanding CSTO’s Unique Functioning
  • CSTO’s Role in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Dynamics
  • Key Lessons from CSTO for Russia and Member States

Thomas Ambrosio

Dr. Ambrosio is a Professor of Political Science in the Criminal Justice and Political Science Department at North Dakota State University, USA. His research interests include international relations, Russian foreign policy, and the stability of authoritarian regimes.

Authoritarian Backlash: Russian Resistance to Democratization in the Former Soviet Union (Ashgate, 2009)
Challenging America’s Global Preeminence: Russia’s Quest for Multipolarity (Ashgate, 2005)
Irredentism: Ethnic Conflict and International Politics (Praeger, 2001)

Ambrosio, T. (2023). Between Threat, Alliance, and Multivectorism: Kazakh-Russian Relations in the Wake of the Russo-Ukrainian War. In: Caron, JF. (eds) A Revolt in the Steppe. The Steppe and Beyond: Studies on Central Asia. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore.

Ambrosio, Thomas. 2020. “Authoritarian Regionalism in the World of International Organizations: Global Perspectives and the Eurasian Enigma. By Anastassia V. Obydenkova and Alexander Libman. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019. 336p. $90.00 Cloth.” Perspectives on Politics 18(2): 691–92.

Thomas Ambrosio (2008) Catching the ‘Shanghai Spirit’: How the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Promotes Authoritarian Norms in Central Asia, Europe-Asia Studies, 60:8, 1321-1344.

Thomas Ambrosio, Carson Schram & Preston Heopfner (2020) The American securitization of China and Russia: U.S. geopolitical culture and declining unipolarity, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 61:2, 162-194.

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