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By: Ralph G. Carter & James M. Scott

In: Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade

Chapter 7: Hitting the Russian Reset Button: Why Is Cooperation So Hard?

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Hitting the Russian Reset Button: Why Is Cooperation So Hard?
Hitting the Russian reset button: Why is cooperation so hard?
Ralph G.Carter and James M.Scott

Before You Begin

  • Why did the U.S.-Russian relationship deteriorate after the Cold War ended? Why didn't these former adversaries see eye-to-eye?
  • What changed to cause these regimes to reach out to each other? Did policies change, or did leaders?
  • Who initiated this outreach, and why? What was to be the basis of a new and better relationship?
  • What was accomplished in this outreach? Which issues got addressed and which didn't? Why?
  • Why has cooperation proved to be so difficult? What does this case suggest about other contentious relationships?
Introduction

The George W. Bush administration often refused to engage “rogue” or problematic regimes unless preconditions were met, arguing that to ...

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