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Russian Reset Provides Opportunity to Rethink Eurasian Policies
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Russian Reset Provides Opportunity to Rethink Eurasian Policies

The Obama administration's Russian reset provides an opportunity to rethink our Eurasian policies, which should be based on these three principles.

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The Obama administration’s successful “reset” of relations with Russia provides an opportunity to rethink our policies toward Eurasia, a term we use here to refer to the countries of the greater Black Sea region and Central Asia. We explain in our Foreign Affairs article “Reimagining Eurasia,” that a U.S. strategy to reimagine Eurasia should be based on three principles:

  • Policy toward Eurasian states should be formulated based on their merits, not their value as bargaining chips or their relationships with other powers.
  • Engagement should employ all of the tools in our toolbox, including diplomatic, economic, and cultural ones, and not just those related to security and natural resources.
  • U.S. policy should emphasize transparency and win-win opportunities, while simultaneously rejecting Russian notions of “spheres of influence” and antiquated zero-sum arguments from Eurasian governments.

For more on this topic please see:

Reimagining Ukraine by Samuel Charap and Alexandros Petersen

Reimagining Azerbaijan by Samuel Charap and Alexandros Petersen

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