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Mr. Obama Goes to Moscow

News The Roots 6 July 2009
Russia

Obama Seeks New START - While NeoConservatives Betray Reagan's Legacy

Report 1 July 2009
Next week President Obama will travel to Moscow to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. From the outset of his Administration, President Obama has sought to reset U.S.-Russian relations. Over the last eight years, U.S. policy rested on maintaining the superficial personal relationship between Bush and Putin, which failed to result in any tangible achievements and led to growing estrangement in U.S.-Russian relations. The Obama administration has sought to eliminate this superficiality and develop a more business-like relationship that is focused on core issues of mutual interest and concern that produces verifiable results.
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Russia

Start with START

Report 24 June 2009
US-Russian negotiations for the replacement of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) resumed this week – marking the first time in eighteen years the world’s two largest nuclear powers have negotiated a binding and verifiable agreement to reduce their arsenals. At their July 6th summit, Presidents Obama and Medvedev will review progress – and both have suggested that the new treaty will mark the foundation for cooperation in other important areas such as Iran and North Korea.
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Diplomacy

"Frenemies" not Enough for U.S. and Germany

Report 5 June 2009
As President Obama stops in Germany briefly before heading to France for commemorations of the 65th anniversary of D-Day, all is not well in the U.S.-German relationship. Even as Obama is tremendously popular personally in Europe, there are indications that diplomatic missteps in both Washington and Berlin, as well as frustration over policy differences on the economic crisis and Afghanistan, have led to tension in the U.S.-German relationship.
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Diplomacy

Strong Diplomacy Needed to Address Nuclear Challenges

Report 28 May 2009
The spread of nuclear weapons is a tremendous global challenge -- and a threat we can do something about, one where other nations actually desire US leadership.
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Diplomacy

The Nuclear Hermit

Report 26 May 2009
North Korea reinserted itself at the top of the global security agenda with a nuclear test and missile launches this weekend.
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Diplomacy

Germany's Russia Moment

News World Politics Review 19 May 2009

Addressing the Proliferation Challenge

Report 4 May 2009
Nuclear proliferation presents a grave threat to American and global security. Unsecured stockpiles of weapons and materials are vulnerable to terrorists who can steal or buy a weapon on the black market and use it on a civilian population.
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Reengaging the Issue of Non-Proliferation and Leading by Example

Report 6 April 2009
Nuclear weapons present perhaps the greatest threat to our global security.  Yet, for eight years the Bush administration shunned the global arms control regime that has played such a crucial role in preventing the further spread of nuclear weapons.  This week, President Obama sent a very clear signal that non-proliferation is back at the top of the agenda. 
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Diplomacy

U.S.-European Security Alliance Is Vital and Must Be Revamped

Report 3 April 2009
As NATO leaders meet in Strasbourg-Kehl to mark the alliance’s sixtieth anniversary, they bring great hopes for its renewal after eight years of discord.  Today the Alliance will admit Albania and Croatia as members, and return France to full participation after 43 years; both are signs of the vital role the Alliance still plays in binding up Europe’s old wounds – and binding all of Europe to the United States.  But substantive challenges lie ahead.
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