After Reset: A New Strategy for Dealing with Putin's Russia
Civilian Research Paper
STANFORD UNIV CA HOOVER INSTITUTION ON WAR REVOLUTION AND PEACE
Pagination or Media Count:
The Reset was intended to improve relations between the United States and Russia after they had fallen to new lows during the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict. The Reset was a break from the Bush 43 administration s foreign policy, which critics claimed dealt too sternly with Russia. A policy more accommodative to Russian interests was intended to fix the dangerous drift between the two countries. Reset was supposed to achieve breakthroughs in strategic arms reductions, counter-proliferation, cooperation on Iran and North Korea, garner Russian assistance in Afghanistan, and increase cooperation between the two countries. However, despite paying for Reset through U.S. concessions on missile defense plans in Europe, the bilateral relationship has remained chilly. No breakthroughs have been made that could not have been made without Reset and Russia continues to be a spoiler for major international initiatives. This article offers a critical assessment of the most often cited accomplishments of Reset, and then gives a prescription for a new direction in United States policy towards Russia.
- Government and Political Science