Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Thomas Graham and Matthew Rojansky, Foreign Policy: America’s Russia Policy Has Failed
Here are seven things the next U.S. president should do to put Washington back in the driver’s seat.
By any number of measures, Washington’s Russia policy has failed. While ostensibly suffering from diplomatic and economic isolation under a U.S.-led international sanctions regime, Moscow has succeeded in challenging a wide range of American interests, most notably in Ukraine, Syria, and cyberspace. Coming up with a new approach on Russia should therefore be a top priority for either President Hillary Clinton or President Donald Trump soon after Jan. 20, 2017. So far, however, neither candidate has offered a vision that goes beyond the failed tropes of the past, with Clinton painting Russian President Vladimir Putin as a cartoonish villain and Trump viewing Moscow as an ally in-waiting.
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WNU Editor: I am not impressed by this list. But here is an easy prediction. If Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency .... I have no reason to believe that these seven policy recommendations will not be pursued by her administration. And as for Donald Trump .... the impression that I get from him is that he wants to negotiate a deal .... but he has not thought through on what the details should be .... nor what would be acceptable to the U.S. public and to America's allies.