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The past eight years have seen a Russian resurgence built off vast energy wealth and great power aspiration. Russia now can – and does – block US goals at the United Nations, threaten and even use force against young democratic countries the US supports, and influence issues of great concern to the United States, such as in Iran, in Central Asia, on the UN Security Council. The Bush Administration failed to understand this resurgence or send clear signals about how the US would respond. Instead, for the last eight years the Bush administration has pursued a misplaced approach founded on the personal relationship between President Bush and Putin. This approach has failed. Now the US faces a steep challenge with few good options – we must attempt to work with Russia on areas of mutual interest, as well as rebuild international consensus to stand up to Russia when its actions conflict with American interests and ideals.
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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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The Reset Button is Pushed on Russia: What Next?

Report 6 March 2009
Today, Secretary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov with – literally – a “reset button” for the US-Russia relationship.  Her gesture at their first meeting capped forty days of positive signals to Moscow on the need to forge a new relationship based around “mutual respect” and  the urgent need for cooperation on a range of issues including Iran, Afghanistan, nonproliferation, and European – Russian relations.
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Clinton's "Reset" Button: "Overcharging"

News The Swamp - The Chicago Tribune's Washington, D.C. Bureau 6 March 2009
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Russia: A Case Study in How John McCain Responds to Crisis

Press Release Washington, D.C. 25 September 2008
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Former Republican Secretaries of State Disagree with McCain's Confrontational Approach to Russia

Report 24 September 2008
In the upcoming debate on Friday, John McCain will cite his assertive and immediate condemnation of Russia’s attack on Georgia as evidence of his good judgment. Unfortunately for John McCain, three former Republican Secretaries of State – Henry Kissinger, James Baker, and Colin Powell – at a forum last week strongly disagreed with his rash reaction as well as his past calls for a broadly confrontational approach toward Russia.
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Palin’s Reckless Comments on National Security Call Into Question her and McCain’s Judgment

Report 12 September 2008
In Governor Sarah Palin’s first public comments on national security, she was unable to define her own party’s national security doctrine, suggested that war with Russia might be necessary, and repeated a long-debunked canard about Iraq’s connection to the 9-11 attacks – the kind of out of touch, reckless, cavalier approach to national security that has characterized the last eight years.
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Bush’s Russia Policy in Tatters

Report 8 September 2008
Seven years after he looked into Vladimir Putin’s soul, President Bush’s Russia policy is in tatters. Weeks after a ceasefire the, U.S. and its allies have been unable to dislodge Russia from Georgia and questions remain over the Bush administration’s unquestioning support for Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
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Crisis in Georgia Reveals Bush Administration Failed Foreign Policy

Report 27 August 2008
Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states is an escalatory step that attempts to lock in its recent military gains through political action. Russia continues to hold the military and political initiative, and U.S. and its NATO allies have been able to do little to counter it.
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Spotlight on the Response From Bush Administration to Crisis in Georgia

Report 13 August 2008
While much about the conflict between Georgia and Russia remains murky, what has become increasingly clear is that, though US forces in Georgia certainly ought to have been aware, the Bush administration was caught completely by surp
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NSN Daily Update: Conflict in Georgia Demonstrates Harmful Effects of Iraq on U.S. Foreign Policy

Report 12 August 2008
News this morning that Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has announced a halt to Russian military operations in Georgia is a welcome development. But for Washington the hard questions are just beginning.
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