The 'Transformation' of US-Russia Relations
President Obama's 'reset' of US-Russia relations has delivered concrete results, such as the signing of a new START treaty in April 2010 and cooperation on non-proliferation and Afghanistan. However, major obstacles to a strategic partnership remain due to conflicting strategic interests, a 'values gap', and Russia's on-going occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The speaker will argue that the August war in Georgia has also led to a politicization of the US's policy towards Russia, making it an object of domestic debate once again. Partisan criticism of Obama's approach threatens to turn a foreign policy success into a liability, limit the administration's room for manoeuvre, and so impact on the bilateral relationship itself.
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