U.S.-Russia relations have reached one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War. Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, public distrust and the West’s response in the form of sanctions, as well as NATO’s reconsidered stance toward Russia, are all signs of a growing rift in bilateral relations. This talk examines potential explanations for recent tensions — including the nature of great power politics, U.S. policy toward Russia and Russian domestic politics — and considers the implications of deteriorating relations for U.S. policy.
Professor of Political Science, Senior Director for Russia and Eurasian Affairs,
Stanford University, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation
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