At a recent event, Angela Stent discussed the announcement by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that he will run in, and surely win, Russia’s presidential election to be held next spring. According to Stent, it is unlikely that Putin’s return to presidency will lead to any drastic policy changes toward the United States, as any major decision made by current president Dmitri Medvedev, including the negotiation of the START treaty, would have had Putin’s approval.
NATO at a crossroads: Next steps for the trans-Atlantic alliance
The goal that North Korea has here is less improved inter-Korean relations per se. Their real goal, I think, would be, to the extent possible, to delink [South Korea] from the alliance with the United States. [What is to be avoided] is the situation where it appears as if South Korea and the United States are taking steps that seem to be in contradiction to one another.