After the Ukraine Crisis, Can Russia’s Relations With the West Be Salvaged?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the start of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 4, 2013 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool).
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before the start of the NATO-Russia Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Dec. 4, 2013 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool).
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To what extent is the crisis in Ukraine the result, and not the cause, of a dysfunctional relationship between Russia and the West? This question was posed for discussion this past week at a task force convened in Sofia, Bulgaria, by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the European Leadership Network and the Russian International Affairs Council, among others, to discuss Ukraine and the future of Euro-Atlantic security. Certainly, some aspects of the disagreements between Russia and Ukraine are sui generis. Yet the core of the dispute is rooted, on one hand, in the desire of many Ukrainians to break out of […]

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