U.S./Russian relations


U.S.-Russian relations plummeted to their lowest levels since the Cold War during the Clinton & Bush administrations.  With a new administration and a renewed world outlook, the United States is attempting to “reset” their relationship with the former world superpower.  With this renewal comes a new argument over the focus of this approach.  Should the U.S. deal strictly through diplomatic means or take a hard-line stance toward Russia’s recent actions?

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Read the article and respond to the following questions:

  1. (1)Identify & explain specific reasons that contributed to the cooling relationship between the U.S. and Russia in the 21st century.

  2. (2)Identify the arguments that support a hard-line stance toward Russia.

  3. (3)Identify the arguments that support a diplomatic approach to dealing with Russia.

*US-Russian Relations: First Year of the Obama Administration -- US State Dept.

Written Response --

Russian leader Vladimir Putin recently won the 2012 election to begin another term as Russian President.  By the end of his 6-year term, Putin will have served in the two highest positions for a total of 19 years, bringing criticism & calls of authoritarian rule. Given Putin’s presidency & recent events between the U.S. and Russia, what should be the future of the U.S.-Russian relationship.  Argue one side of this debate in a well-developed response.  An appropriate topic sentence should open the argument with supporting evidence, reasons, and examples to follow. While there is no position that is “the correct” response, evidence and logical reason based on class readings and notes should be included.


Picture credits:

Clinton-Lavrov (http://graphics.boston.com)

US-Russia Political Cartoon


Pres. Bush & Pres. Putin


U.S./Russian Relations