NEWSWATCH: “Toward a New Equilibrium in U.S.-Russian Relations; The new administration must understand how Russia relates to American goals” – Thomas E. Graham/The National Interest

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… Trump will face no more urgent foreign-policy task than developing a Russia policy. … The Russia We Face: The starting point for a new strategy is a clear understanding of how Russia relates to American goals. Its nuclear arsenal, vast natural resources and proximity to regions of undisputed strategic value …. Relations will focus on security matters …. The New Equilibrium: …. our goal should be to create what we might call a new equilibrium, that is, a balance of cooperation and competition …. Strategic Goals and Objectives: … strategic stability, preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and constraining arms races. … Second, managing the rise of China. … Third, enhancing European security. … The Ukraine crisis will demand urgent attention. … Fourth, containing international terrorism ….

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