The Limits of Partnership offers a riveting narrative on U.S.-Russian relations since the Soviet collapse and on the challenges ahead. It reflects the unique perspective of an insider who is also recognized as a leading expert on this troubled relationship. American presidents have repeatedly attempted to forge a strong and productive partnership only to be held hostage to the deep mistrust born of the Cold War. For the United States, Russia remains a priority because of its nuclear weapons arsenal, its strategic location bordering Europe and Asia, and its ability to support--or thwart--American interests. Why has it been so difficult to move the relationship forward? What are the prospects for doing so in the future? Is the effort doomed to fail again and again? Angela Stent served as an adviser on Russia under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and maintains close ties with key policymakers in both countries. Here, she argues that the same contentious issues--terrorism, missile defense, Iran, nuclear proliferation, Afghanistan, the former Soviet space, the greater Middle East--have been in every president's inbox, Democrat and Republican alike, since the collapse of the USSR.
Stent vividly describes how Clinton and Bush sought inroads with Russia and staked much on their personal ties to Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin--only to leave office with relations at a low point--and how Barack Obama managed to restore ties only to see them undermined by a Putin regime resentful of American dominance and determined to restore Russia's great power status. The Limits of Partnership calls for a fundamental reassessment of the principles and practices that drive U.S.-Russian relations, and offers a path forward to meet the urgent challenges facing both countries.
Angela E. Stent is professor of government and foreign service and director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University. Her books include Russia and Germany Reborn: Unification, the Soviet Collapse, and the New Europe (Princeton).
Introduction ix List of Acronyms xvii Prologue George H. W. Bush and Russia Reborn 1 Chapter One The Bill and Boris Show 13 Chapter Two Rethinking Euro-Atlantic Security 35 Chapter Three Bush and Putin in the Age of Terror 49 Chapter Four The Iraq War 82 Chapter Five The Color Revolutions 97 Illustrations following page 123 Chapter Six The Munich Speech 135 Chapter Seven From Kosovo to Georgia: Things Fall Apart 159 Chapter Eight Economics and Energy: The Stakeholder Challenge 177 Chapter Nine Reset or Overload? The Obama Initiative 211 Chapter Ten From Berlin to Damascus: Disagreements Old and New 235 Chapter Eleven The Limits of Partnership 255 Acknowledgments 275 List of Interviewees 279 Chronology of Major Events in U.S.-Russian Relations 283 Notes 293 Bibliography 321 Credits for Illustration Section 327 Index 329