Obama thought he would “reset” relations with the Russians; yet they deteriorated to the lowest level since the Cold War. Can the U.S. salvage the relationship? Is the election hack an insuperable barrier? Tom Graham of Kissinger Associates, former Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council of President George W. Bush, who may well be Trump’s choice as ambassador to Russia, tells Jim that our way forward with Putin should be a multi-pronged approach.
A huge oil shock, the ruble in free fall, horror in Pakistan, the failure to reach agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons,and a cyber attack from North Korea all make for an earthshaking disorder. In a sobering interview, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass tells Jim that he forecasts 30 years of continuing global unrest.
With pro-Russian protesters storming governmental buildings in East Ukraine, Putin seems poised to invade Ukraine to restore order. Will he do it? Will he go on to Moldova or the Baltic states to whom we owe common defense obligations under NATO? Russian expert Stephen Sestanovich tells Jim Zirin that Obama must support Ukraine economically and show a more robust response if Putin’s geopolitical ambitions are to be deterred.
Russia had been dismissed as a third rate country–a “Burundi with missiles.” Now, having struck a deal with the US on Syrian chemicals, Russia has emerged as a major player on the international stage. Kissinger Associate”s Russian expert Tom Graham tells Jim that there are grounds for optimism we can work with the Russians on Iran and other Middle Eastern issues.
The Russian expert from Kissinger Associates tells how much U.S.-Russian relations have been damaged by the WikiLeaks cables, and whether ratification of the START treaty will help “re-set” the relationship.
She says that a delicate balance must be struck between free expression and free trade as Human Rights First calls out Microsoft for helping the Russians crack down on dissidents.
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