Us-russia Relations in the Post-Western World By Andrei P. Tsygankov1 Abstract



Download 115 Kb.
Page1/7
Date30.06.2021
Size115 Kb.
  1   2   3   4   5   6   7

US-Russia Relations in the Post-Western World
By Andrei P. Tsygankov1
Abstract

This paper describes the nature of U.S.-Russia relations formed since the end of the Cold War and, especially, after the September 11, 2001. Although the two nations have learned to cooperate on some issues, their relationship can be described as a limited engagement with elements of rivalry, rather than cooperation. The paper analyzes the United States’ and Russia’s strategic visions surveying their perceptions of political changes in the former Soviet region, security issues, and energy relations. It also reflects on causes of the nations’ lacking cooperation and suggests some possible ways of moving forward.


I. Introduction

This paper describes the nature of U.S.-Russia relations formed since the end of the Cold War and, especially, after the September 11, 2001. Although the two nations have learned to cooperate on some issues, their relationship can be described as a limited engagement with elements of rivalry, rather than cooperation. The United States’ support for expansion of NATO, competition for energy resources Central Asia and the Caspean Sea, and methods of fighting terrorism in the region - among other issues – continue to put the two nations at odds with each other. Pressing the “reset button” in relations with Moscow will therefore not be easy.

However, re-engaging Russia in reciprocal relations is especially important today given the increasingly post-Western shape of the world. Although the exact direction and result of the world’d development remains unclear, there is hardly any doubt that the international system is moving away from its post-Cold War West-centeredness. Military involvement in the Middle East and Afghanistan, as well as the continuous global financial crisis, make it difficult for the West to function as the world’s economic and political authority. Economically, China and Asia-Pacific region are emerging as as new centers of the world’s gravity. In security relations, the West’s monopoly for the use of force has been undermined by Russia’s military intervention in Georgia in August 2008. In the increasingly post-Western world, the United States may require additional allies and may have to learn to respect Russia’s interests and act in consultation with the Kremlin and other key actors in the region.

The paper analyzes the United States’ and Russia’s respective strategic visions focusing on their perceptions of political changes in the former Soviet region, security issues, and energy relations (sections 2 and 3). The concluding section reflects on causes of the nations’ lacking cooperation and suggests some possible ways of moving forward.





Share with your friends:
  1   2   3   4   5   6   7




The database is protected by copyright ©essaydocs.org 2020
send message

    Main page