Sustaining US-Russian Strategic Relations. Report of the 16th CNAC-ISKRAN Seminar, 10 December 2002
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This seminar took place in December 2002 after Resolution 1441 on Iraq had been agreed upon in the UN Security Council and after the expansion of NATO membership had been agreed upon. It was a time of relative international peace and cooperation, especially in U.S.-Russian relations, but the inspections in Iraq lay ahead and the threat of war loomed if the inspections were not successful. The U.S. attack on Iraq took place after a second resolution failed to be considered, blocked as it was by a French-German-Russian bloc that had emerged. But the discussions that we had in December 2002 were quite consensual, revealing many areas of agreement between Russians and Americans, despite the possible tensions over Iraq. Now May 2003 the U.S. war with Iraq is over and the reconstruction of Iraq has begun. The broader geopolitical strains between the U.S. and France, Germany, and Russia are being addressed on the diplomatic side. However, many issues among the four countries will still arise over the management of Iraq ending sanctions, shifting the proceeds from oil sales back to the Iraqis, addressing the problem of Iraqi international debts, and admitting contractors from other countries for the rebuilding of Iraq and the further development of its oil fields.
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