U.S.-Russian relations have entered a new era. Russian President Putin has made clear that the goals that informed U.S.-Russia policy since the break up of the Soviet Union--the slow but steady integration of Russia into the West as a free-market democracy--no longer hold. As befits a great power, Russia will follow its own independent policy and will not tolerate interference in its internal affairs. Given Russia's aspirations and attitudes, the United States is now challenged to rethink relations with Russia so that we can advance our strategic interests.
Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow for Russia, American Foreign Policy Council
Thomas Graham, Managing Director, Kissinger Associates, Inc.