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Reset, Redux: Charap and Petersen Respond

Samuel Charap and Alexandros Petersen explain the concepts behind "Reimagining Eurasia."

We were glad to see that Steve LeVine took the time to watch the entire event his recent post discusses, and even more pleased that he offered us the opportunity to respond to the post on his excellent blog. The purpose of our recent writings under the banner of "Reimagining Eurasia" was in part to spark debate about U.S. policy in the region.

But an accurate portrayal of our argument is a necessary starting point for a debate. Unfortunately, Steve’s post mischaracterizes our argument.

We did not set out to disparage or support Clinton, Bush or Obama policy toward Russia or Russia’s neighbors — the former Soviet countries of the greater Black Sea region and Central Asia we refer to as Eurasia. Reimagining Eurasia is not about arguing in favor of the Russia "reset," and it is most certainly not about throwing any Eurasian country under any proverbial buses. Quite the opposite, in fact.

The above excerpt was originally published in Foreign Policy. Click here to view the full article.

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