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Gerald F. Hyman, National Interest: What Does Putin Want?
The United States should pursue confrontation where necessary and mutual interests without illusions where possible.
However therapeutic and tempting, especially during election season and after Russia’s direct complicity in the Syria horror, the understandable impulse to confront and isolate President Vladamir Putin’s Russia is not wise policy. Notwithstanding the many areas of altercation as well as the doomed attempt by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “reset” U.S.-Russia relations after the George W. Bush administration, the next president should pursue a dual strategy designed both to challenge Putin where U.S. national interests demand it but find areas of collaboration where interests coincide. The United States should pursue confrontation where necessary and mutual interests without illusions where possible.
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WNU Editor: He has already given an indication of what he wants .... Putin Lists His Demands For The Next U.S. President (October 4, 2016).