After Munich and Riyadh: The Future of US-Russian Relations
Recorded on April 5, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The U.S.-Russia relationship has further deteriorated since
Russian President Vladimir Putin's delivered his "Fulton" speech at
the Wehrkunde security conference in Munich last February.
Putin's harsh words, followed by a visit to the U.S. Middle East
allies, including Saudi Arabia, where he promoted sales of nuclear
reactors and modern weaponry evoked images of Cold War.
Nevertheless, Russia appears to cooperate on Iran, and recognizes
that other issues, such as nuclear safety, are paramount. This
conference will examine shifting Russian foreign policy strategy
and its priorities; review causes for a dramatic shift in Moscow's
geopolitical role; and will consider changes that took place in the
relationship between Russia and the U.S. under the Putin and Bush
administrations. Only with solid understanding of
Russia's foreign policy strategy and its drivers, undertaken at the
first panel of the conference, can we successfully map out US
strategy, options, and specific policies for the future - the
task the second panel will have to cope with.