The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century

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Princeton University Press, Jan 5, 2014 - Political Science - 384 pages
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The Limits of Partnership offers a riveting narrative on U.S.-Russian relations since the Soviet collapse and on the challenges ahead. It reflects the unique perspective of an insider who is also recognized as a leading expert on this troubled relationship. American presidents have repeatedly attempted to forge a strong and productive partnership only to be held hostage to the deep mistrust born of the Cold War. For the United States, Russia remains a priority because of its nuclear weapons arsenal, its strategic location bordering Europe and Asia, and its ability to support--or thwart--American interests. Why has it been so difficult to move the relationship forward? What are the prospects for doing so in the future? Is the effort doomed to fail again and again?

Angela Stent served as an adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and maintains close ties with key policymakers in both countries. Here, she argues that the same contentious issues--terrorism, missile defense, Iran, nuclear proliferation, Afghanistan, the former Soviet space, the greater Middle East--have been in every president's inbox, Democrat and Republican alike, since the collapse of the USSR. Stent vividly describes how Clinton and Bush sought inroads with Russia and staked much on their personal ties to Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin--only to leave office with relations at a low point--and how Barack Obama managed to restore ties only to see them undermined by a Putin regime resentful of American dominance and determined to restore Russia's great power status.

The Limits of Partnership calls for a fundamental reassessment of the principles and practices that drive U.S.-Russian relations, and offers a path forward to meet the urgent challenges facing both countries.

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Bill and Boris Show
13
Rethinking EuroAtlantic Security
35
Bush and Putin in the Age of Terror
49
The Iraq War
82
The Color Revolutions
97
Illustrations
124
The Munich Speech
135
From Berlin to Damascus Disagreements Old and New
235
The Limits of Partnership
255
Acknowledgments
275
List of Interviewees
279
Chronology of Major Events in USRussian Relations
283
Notes
293
Bibliography
321
Credits for Illustration Section
327

From Kosovo to Georgia Things Fall Apart
159
Economics and Energy The Stakeholder Challenge
177
Reset or Overload? The Obama Initiative
211

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Angela E. Stent is professor of government and foreign service and director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University. Her books include Russia and Germany Reborn: Unification, the Soviet Collapse, and the New Europe (Princeton).

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