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The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century

The Limits of Partnership
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“Drawing on her depth of knowledge as a Russia scholar and sharp insights gained as an intelligence analyst, Angela Stent has written a page-turning book about U.S.-Russian relations since the end of the Cold War. A must-read for anyone engaged in the study or practice of this critical bilateral relationship.” - John Negroponte, former U.S. deputy secretary of state

“Angela Stent has written a comprehensive, thoughtful, and tremendously useful study of post-Cold War relations between Russia and the United States. She uses interviews with key actors in Russia and the United States and a host of other fresh sources to examine the unpredictable ups and downs of what remains the most important bilateral relationship in international relations in the twenty-first century. This is a must-read for anyone concerned about global affairs now and in the future.” - Kathryn Stoner, Stanford University

“Angela Stent has done the seemingly impossible: from the maelstrom of the past two decades she’s distilled the essence of modern Russia and its complex relations with the United States. The Obama administration’s ‘reset,’ she says, isn’t new; there have been four ‘resets’ in this relationship, by Democratic and Republican administrations, with mixed results. Using her extraordinary decades-long experience as scholar and government insider, along with her trenchant analysis of what makes Russia’s foreign and domestic policy tick, Stent explains what has worked, what has not—and why. The U.S.-Russian relationship will remain a limited partnership, she predicts, until the bonds of Cold War thinking—on both sides—can be broken.” - Jill Dougherty, CNN’s foreign affairs correspondent

“This is the first book to cover the full sweep and complexity of U.S.-Russian relations since the end of the Cold War. It is likely to remain the best work on the subject for a long time to come. Stent brings to the saga a narrative verve and personal knowledge of many of the main characters, amassed in her distinguished career as a scholar and government official. A triumph and a major contribution.” - Strobe Talbott, Brookings Institution

The Limits of Partnership offers a comprehensive overview of U.S.-Russian relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. I know of no other book that explains why the post-Soviet bilateral relationship has never lived up to expectations.” - Fiona Hill, Brookings Institution

“Stent’s argument is richly developed, covering a wide swath of the U.S.-Russian bilateral policy agenda and buttressed by a great deal of historical detail, at least some of which will be new to most readers. The Limits of Partnership is clearly the product of assiduous research, and profits as well from Stent’s personal experience in the politics of U.S. policymaking toward Russia.” - Robert C. Nurick, Atlantic Council