Reversing the Decline: An Agenda for U.S.-Russian Relations in 2009.

22 12 2009

URL: http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2009/01_us_russia_relations_pifer.aspx. Source: The Brookings Institution.

As President Barack Obama takes charge of the Oval Office, he confronts a wary and assertive Russia among the many foreign policy challenges in his inbox. Moscow desires to reclaim “great power” status, an ambition fueled over the past five years by hundreds of billions of dollars in energy revenues. Its desires are colored by a bitter perception that the West took advantage of Russian weakness in the 1990s and that Washington has failed to take serious account of Moscow’s interests. Building a more sustainable relationship with Russia will not prove easy.

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