New Study on US-Russian Relations

A new study on US-Russian relations is available and can be downloaded here. From the study’s authors:

The Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations, a bilateral collective of rising experts from American and Russian institutions, announces the publication of its first joint report: “U.S.-Russia Relations in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Transcending the Zero-Sum Game.” Coauthored by Samuel Charap (Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.) and Mikhail Troitskiy (Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia), it is the first study to examine in detail how the United States’ and Russia’s ties with the countries of post-Soviet Eurasia affect the bilateral relationship.

The authors argue that despite the initial successes of the “reset” in U.S.-Russia relations, disputes relating to post-Soviet Eurasia represent “a ‘landmine’ in U.S.-Russia relations that…could ‘detonate’ at any time and seriously complicate cooperation on other issues.” The study identifies key sources of U.S.-Russia tensions in post-Soviet Eurasia and recommends specific measures to facilitate improvement. The complete text of the report in both English and Russian is accessible on the Working Group’s website.

3 Responses to New Study on US-Russian Relations

  1. J. Otto Pohl September 17, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    The real problem is that Russia was never properly deStalinized yet alone deSovietized. The mind set of most of the population is still stuck in the 1940s. To see why this might be a problem imagine if most Germans were still supportive of Hitler and his policies today.

  2. ricketson September 17, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Re: Pohl

    But wasn’t Stalinism itself a continuation of the deference to Czarist authority?

  3. J. Otto Pohl September 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    In many ways yes it was a continuation of deference to Tsarist authority. Stalin’s regime had a lot of conscious similarities with Tsar Ivan Grozny. It still does not change the fact there has not been an effective de-Stalinization of Russia.