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Title: From Cooperation to Confrontation: Russia and the United States since 9/11
Author(s): Kanet, Roger E.
Subject(s): Russia -- Foreign relations -- United States
Abstract: The enthusiastic expectations of the early 1990s about the emergence and likely consolidation of democracy across the former Soviet Union, as well as about the successful integration of Russia into the Western community of democratic states, have been dissolved by a combination of Western, especially U.S., triumphalism and the realities of Russian political culture and the resulting authoritarian political system that has emerged in Russia. The objective of this essay is to track recent Russian relations with the United States—focusing on the period between the U.S. intervention in Iraq in spring 2003 until the end of 2008—to support the argument that Russian leaders have decided to pursue a policy of independence, even confrontation, in their relations with the United States, as well as with Europe, as an integral part of a new assertive approach to achieving policy objectives. The discussion of Russian-U.S. relations in this paper is divided into four sections: the first outlines the deteriorating relationship in the final years of Yeltsin’s presidency; the second treats the revival of Russia as a major power under Putin and Medvedev; the next examines in some detail the impact of that revival on Russian relations with the United States; and the fourth and final section outlines possible future scenarios for the relationship.
Issue Date: 2009-05
Publisher: Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS) : University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: Kanet, Roger E., "From Cooperation to Confrontation: Russia and the United States since 9/11," ACDIS Occasional Paper, Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security (ACDIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (May 2009).
Series/Report: ACDIS Occasional Papers
Genre: Working / Discussion Paper
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/27701
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-10-12
 

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