Even if NATO and Russia are discussing the creation of a Northern Hemisphere defense arch from Vancouver to Vladivostok, disagreements remain. Through the extension of NATO to Eastern Europe, the US now has a foothold in the heart of Eurasia–a continent deemed strategically important in world affairs. Russia, itself a member of the Shangai Cooperation Organization, considered the Asian NATO, has moved to associate Europe to a new and complementary continental defense plan. In this way, the Russian plans for a common continental defense plan and a common market stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok are as visionary as, and are in fact to be understood as a continuation of, De Gaulle’s dream.