The soundest strategy for both American and Russian policymakers is to carve a middle position between obsessive engagement and active disengagement. Russian and American leaders have to define a United States–Russian relationship that neither rekindles cold war rivalry nor refuels illusions about alliances and special relationships. More distance than a decade ago might be healthy for the bilateral relationship. Too much distance will be dangerous.
Realistic Engagement: A New Approach to American–Russian Relations
Michael McFaul is an associate professor of political science and Hoover Fellow at Stanford University. He is also a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. His latest book is Russia's Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2001).
Michael McFaul; Realistic Engagement: A New Approach to American–Russian Relations. Current History 1 October 2001; 100 (648): 313–321. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2001.100.648.313
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