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

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

by Angela E. Stent
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691152977

ISBN-13: 9780691152974

Pub. Date: 01/05/2014

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691152974
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/05/2014
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
790,070
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction ix

List of Acronyms xvii

Prologue

George H. W. Bush and Russia Reborn 1

Chapter One The Bill and Boris Show 13

Chapter Two Rethinking Euro-Atlantic Security 35

Chapter Three Bush and Putin in the Age of Terror 49

Chapter Four The Iraq War 82

Chapter Five The Color Revolutions 97

Illustrations following page 123

Chapter Six The Munich Speech 135

Chapter Seven From Kosovo to Georgia: Things Fall Apart 159

Chapter Eight Economics and Energy: The Stakeholder Challenge 177

Chapter Nine Reset or Overload? The Obama Initiative 211

Chapter Ten From Berlin to Damascus: Disagreements Old and New 235

Chapter Eleven The Limits of Partnership 255

Acknowledgments 275

List of Interviewees 279

Chronology of Major Events in U.S.-Russian Relations 283

Notes 293

Bibliography 321

Credits for Illustration Section 327

Index 329

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