U.S.-Russia Relations


Further improvements in the U.S.-Russian relationship would serve the interests of both countries, including by strengthening of Russia’s standing in the world, and would lay the foundation for solutions to such problems as collective security, nuclear nonproliferation, terrorism, energy security, the Iranian nuclear question, and the stabilization of Afghanistan.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Will Japan and Russia Escape the New Cold War?
    Dmitri Trenin April 21, 2014

    Strong Japanese-Russian relations are economically beneficial and a strategic counterbalance against China’s influence. But the Ukraine crisis and Japan’s U.S. loyalties could have damaging effects.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Russian-Western Confrontation: Prepare for a Long Haul
    Dmitri Trenin April 4, 2014

    For the U.S. public and its political establishment, Russia is back as an adversary. Having taken on U.S. power, the Russian state will need to be very smart—and very good—to withstand the confrontation.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Two Presidents, Two Epochs, Two Systems
    Lilia Shevtsova April 1, 2014

    Today’s world is again facing the civilizational choice which was recently expressed in the speeches of Putin and Obama representing two civilizations with starkly different norms.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Europe: The “Holiday From History” Is Over
    Dmitri Trenin March 31, 2014

    The continuing crisis over Ukraine has significantly hardened Western official and media attitudes toward Russia. However, with Washington leading the charge and NATO back in the saddle, the European Union is taking a back seat.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Despite Crimea, Western-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic Should Continue
    Sarah Norris March 27, 2014

    Cooperation among Arctic states is essential to reducing the potential for political, economic, or small military clashes. The fallout from the Crimea crisis, however, could spoil elements of Arctic cooperation.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    On the Western Narrative on the Post-Post Cold War Époque
    Lilia Shevtsova March 25, 2014

    Those who believe that the Kremlin will be satisfied with Crimea and will agree to return to a new “reset” do not understand the nature of the Russian personalized power and its logic that tries to prolong its life at the expense of breaking the rules and even destroying the world order.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Russia: Pivoting to Asia or Just to China?
    Dmitri Trenin March 24, 2014

    Russia’s economic, political and strategic environment in the West is fast deteriorating. One obvious way to respond to this is to reach out to Asia and the Pacific.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Crimea’s Choice
    Dmitri Trenin March 17, 2014 Русский

    The Crimea referendum, in which the people of the region have massively voted to join Russia, marks a watershed in Russia’s foreign policy: Russia has stopped walking backward and has made a step forward. As for Ukraine, it will be for the foreseeable future a geopolitical battleground.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    Ukraine as a Challenge of Perception
    Lilia Shevtsova March 11, 2014

    While a global crisis, provoked by the recent developments in Ukraine, has brought the world to the edge, the political and intellectual world has demonstrated how unprepared it is for the new challenges and how difficult it is to grasp the new reality.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    The Brink of War in Ukraine?
    Dmitri Trenin March 1, 2014

    The possibility of a Russian military operation in Ukraine that is not limited to Crimea is real. Russia and the West are on the verge a confrontation far worse than over Georgia in 2008.


Carnegie Experts on U.S.-Russia Relations

  • Lilia Shevtsova
    Senior Associate
    Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program
    Moscow Center

    Shevtsova chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center, dividing her time between Carnegie’s offices in Washington, DC, and Moscow. She has been with Carnegie since 1995.

  • Dmitri Trenin
    Moscow Center

    Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.


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