Publié le 19/07/2010


The administrations of Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev have committed to a process of "resetting" US-Russian relations on a foundation of mutual interests and pragmatic collaboration.

In the year since the agenda was originally articulated the atmospherics of the relationship have improved considerably, and significant cooperative initiatives, such as the new strategic arms reduction accord, have been set in the works. Nonetheless, significant differences continue to divide the two parties and conflicting interests remain a potential source of discord. If progress is to continue, the reset agenda will need to become more ambitious and point toward a more profound restructuring of bilateral relations.

R. Craig Nation has been Professor of Strategy and Director of Eurasian Studies at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania since 1996.

Russie.Nei.Visions is an electronic collection of policy papers published in French, English and Russian by the Russia/NIS Center, Ifri.