April 1, 2011  

Re-engaging Russia

Early in the new Obama administration, efforts began to form a new relationship with Russia. The aim was to correct what Vice President Joe Biden described as a “dangerous drift” in U.S.-Russia ties and to focus on common interests, including international security. Biden’s March visit to Moscow, two years into the reset, lauded the New START nuclear arms treaty among accomplishments. What more can be done? Lt. Col. John D. Johnson examines common interests that provide opportunity and areas of disagreement where breakthroughs will be most elusive.

Dmitry Shlapentokh looks at Russia through the lens of the potential for people revolts similar to those in the Middle East and North Africa and the international implications.