Russian-U.S. Relations

GOP and Putin Find Common Ground: The Cold War

April 3, 2012 by

Republican Presidential primary front-runner Mitt Romney declared Russia “without question, [is] our No. 1 geopolitical foe.” This statement accompanied a larger criticism lobbied against President Obama and his hot mic slip last week with Russian President Dimitry Medvedev at the Seoul Nuclear Summit.

The Foreign Policy President?

April 3, 2012 by

Elections are decided by economics. Voters respond to pocketbook issues and are swayed by the huge sums that candidates lavish on advertising. Foreign policy issues, by contrast, are what the British call “noises off,” those sounds from off-stage that you hear occasionally to punctuate the main actions, sounds like exploding bombs and the distant cries of suffering people. According to recent polling, global issues barely register at all with Americans right now.

Romney’s Foreign Policy and Russia

March 30, 2012 by

Obama’s recently concluded trip to South Korea to liaise with world leaders to address nuclear security and the Iranian nuclear saga went according to schedule, until an “open mic” caught Obama making rather casual comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stating he believed he would have more flexibility to address lingering issues related to nuclear arms reduction after the November election.

Russia, America, and the Best Three Years

March 27, 2012 by

During a meeting with his American counterpart Barack Obama in Seoul, President Dmitry Medvedev made a striking comment, calling the past three years “probably the best three years in Russian-U.S. relations in the past decade.” What made these years so remarkable? Perhaps it was that, for the first time in a long time, Russian and American diplomats made a genuine effort to bring their countries closer together. And it doesn’t matter that the results were mixed.

A Need for Pan-Asian Institutions in Asia

March 20, 2012 by

For over a decade, many relevant academic journals have prophesized the 21st century as the Asian century. The argument is usually based on impressive economic growth, increased production, trade and booming foreign currency reserves. Undoubtedly, the fact that Asia holds nearly 1/3 of the total world population doesn’t hurt its chances from overtaking the United States and Europe in many areas.

Compliance and the Counter-Revolutionary State: The Case of the United States

March 14, 2012 by

Many adversarial relationships exist in politics. On the domestic level, political parties frequently compete with each other to gain control of coveted offices. A contest, which transpires on the international level during periods of international revolution, is counter-revolutionary and revolutionary states spreading opposing doctrines.

Video: RT interview with Daniel Wagner

March 8, 2012 by

Below is RT’s interview with Daniel Wagner, CEO of Country Risk Solutions, and a regular contributor to International Policy Digest. Daniel Wagner is author of “Managing Country Risk” which is available for sale on Amazon. Daniel discussed the recent presidential elections in Russia that witnessed Vladimir Putin’s victory by significant margins.

Is Putin Capable of Crafting a Pragmatic Foreign Policy?

February 26, 2012 by

The soon to be re-elected president of Russia, Vladimir Putin’s glorious ‘great power pragmatism’ will quickly be put to the test. Russia finds itself in the center of the convulsing Eurasian landscape and has also placed itself at the heart of the Iran and Syrian quagmires.

The Post-WWI Years and the 21st Century

February 24, 2012 by

The world today and the world immediately before the Second World War are strikingly similar. The military and foreign policy of the United States today is comparable to the close-minded introversion of isolationism. European countries are teetering on the brink of economic collapse. The German industrial juggernaut has reignited. The announced rearmament of Russia resembles that of the former Soviet Union, during and immediately after the First World War.

START may be sunk by a nuclear torpedo

December 28, 2011 by

Washington has once again signaled its desire to negotiate reductions in Russia’s tactical nuclear arsenal. According to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, the United States wants Russia to reenter the tangled web of interdependence spun around the issues of strategic and tactical nuclear weapons and antimissile defense. There will be no further progress on nuclear disarmament unless the countries can cut this Gordian knot.

Medvedev and Obama move from reset to threats

November 25, 2011 by

I can understand why President Medvedev said Russia would put arms control on hold if the United States continues with its plans to deploy a missile defense shield in Europe. The statement was made during the recent APEC forum and summit in Honolulu, where Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama met as presidents for the last time.

U.S. and Russia: Where’s the Reset?

August 15, 2011 by

When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, U.S.-Russian relations were strained and delicate. Arms control agreements had all but disintegrated and acrimonious conflict had largely displaced cooperation. Indeed several observers, including Mikhail Gorbachev, even went so far as to proclaim the emergence of a new Cold War.

Russia Wins the ‘Space Race’

July 18, 2011 by

When the space shuttle Atlantis returns to earth in a few days it will be the culmination of a decades long NASA program that allows Russia to chalk up the Space Race as a win, by default. While important in the Russian psyche, this win may prove to be a mere footnote in the history of U.S.-Russian relations. Russia, then the Soviet Union, was the first to reach space on April 12, 1961, when Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth in his Vostok spacecraft. Previously, Russia’s Luna 2 became the first unmanned aircraft to reach the moon in 1959.

Russian foreign policy: double headed eagle

June 10, 2011 by

Russia’s foreign policy arena is starting to look like a battlefield of its own as the country’s top officials give seemingly conflicting signals about where Moscow stands amid the upheaval sweeping the Arab world, experts say. But in the process, apparent policy divergences, usually kept under wraps by the Kremlin, seem to be seeping into public view, with some policymakers favoring closer diplomatic alignment with the West, and others pushing for Russia to ignore Western pressure and be assertive in protecting its own interests.

NATO and Russia: Vigilant in the skies, evasive on missile defense

June 7, 2011 by

The focus of the upcoming Russia-NATO Council meeting in Brussels will be U.S. missile defense in Europe, but the outcome is hard to predict. Some have suggested that the meeting will result in political principles for a common approach to missile defense. Moscow is not so much worried that the U.S. is currently working on a missile defense system, as Washington knows well.

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