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New U.S. Policies for China, Russia Must Be Backed by Action

Friday, May 16, 2014

While most Americans have been absorbed over the past month in the usual medley of celebrity scandals, from Donald Sterling’s racist comments to Jay Z’s family troubles, the Obama administration has quietly hinted at two changes in its approach to U.S. foreign policy that, if followed to their logical conclusion, signal a major reorientation in how Washington plans to conduct international affairs.

The first, in response to the crisis in Ukraine, has been, as Peter Baker of the New York Times described it, to develop “an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment” for dealing with Russia. The last remnants of the “reset” policy have been swept away, and with them, the hope that engagement with Moscow could put the U.S.-Russia relationship on a firm foundation of mutual interest. ...

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