NATO just resumed high-level contacts with Russia, perhaps the first concrete result of the Obama administration’s “reset.” James Joyner surveys the terrain looking for just what has changed to warrant the the conciliatory tone and comes up empty:
Well, almost empty:
When I asked a Russian diplomat recently what Moscow might do to improve U.S.-Russia relations, he gave a prickly response to the effect that Russia had done everything the U.S. had asked of it since 9/11 and got the Rodney Dangerfield treatment in return. Truth is, it’s hard to deny the logic of that.
Unlike some of the other fronts on the Obama engagement campaign, whichwill begin with a question of price, the Russia rapprochement will begin a question of calendar: What date do relations get reset to? Only then will the real bargaining begin.