U.S.-Russia Relations: Beyond the Crisis in Ukraine
With the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine, and Russia seizing control of Crimea in early 2014, tensions between Russia and the United States have been particularly high over the past several months. The conflict over Ukraine comes amid other disagreements between the United States and Russia, including those related to missile defense and the wars in Syria and Libya, the Edward Snowden affair, and NATO enlargement. Yet the two countries also have many common interests as reflected, for example, in policy towards Iran and Afghanistan and, to some extent, North Korea.
On October 20, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted Moscow-based Victoria Panova, director general at the Global Reform Fund, for a panel discussion on the future of relations between the United States and Russia. Panova was joined by Brookings Senior Fellow Steven Pifer and Fellow Jeremy Shapiro. Michael O’Hanlon, co-director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, moderated the discussion.
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[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.