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October 2011

Russia and U.S. National Interests: Why Should Americans Care?


By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Robert D. Blackwill, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Dimitri K. Simes and Paul J. Saunders

"Two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Russia’s emergence as an independent state, Moscow is no longer America’s strategic rival. Yet, while Russia is not our enemy, neither has it become a friend. Washington and Moscow have succeeded in overcoming Cold War confrontation, but have not developed sustainable cooperative relations. A better-managed bilateral relationship is critical for the advancement of America’s vital national interests."

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