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Goodbye to Berlin? 17:53 Defend the liberties of Europe to ensure that no combination of powerful European states can dictate to smaller and weaker ones Basically US doesn’t trust franco-german xis to carry out European integration Lack of confidence in Germany’s ability to manage france Germany will in its own interest need to act more forcefully to change the situation, 3 avenues 1.german diplomacy must become steadier, more strategic, and more magisterial 2. Middle east. US and Europe need to develop a common agenda and a common project 3. New conversation between Americans and Germans about the future of Europe is also important has been a serious breakdown of trust on both sides
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The Russia File 17:53 Stakes involved in getting US-Russian relations right are high Issues: nuclear security, energy security, climate change, peace Nuclear US and Russia pose 95% of worlds nuclear arsenal Responsible for making their stocks safe Energy Russia has 30 percent of the world's gas reserves and sits on the transport grid by which energy flows from the entire post- Soviet zone to the rest of the world. ensions have arisen over the Arctic's hydrocarbon reserves-which are said to amount to 13-20 percent of the world's tota Climate change three countries that emit 45 percent of the world's green- house gases-the United States, Russia, and China Any effort to mitigate trafficking in humans, small arms, drugs, endangered species, counterfeit goods, and laundered money must focus on Russia, since these often come from or through that country. reform international financial and security institutions will be optimized only if Russia is given a chance to contribute constructively the Obama administration's steps toward a healthier relation-ship with Russia have been earnest but cautious Need to address urgent issues Drafting a successor agreement to START I Intensifying dialogue between Washington and Moscow over Iranian nuclear threat Closer cooperation on afganistan 3 strategies Obama administration could have towards Moscow 1. “call things by their name”- see Russia as an authoritarian, bullying and aggressive power and admit that a new cold war is on and act accordingly
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The Russia File 17:53 Obama isn’t doing this one 2. despire some areas of potential cooperation various impediments make a genuine partnership an illusion Russia contests many aspects of US foreign policy and is indifferent to values that americans consider important=barrier Best strategy combines selective engagement with selective containment and calibrates the two in ways that enhance engagement while softening the edges of containment US policy has evolved in this direction 3. Ambitious. Reconciliation is possible with Russia Obama and his Russian policy is tempted to move in this direction Requires strategic vision= don’t have Has large potential benefits so should be considered more seriously Russia has the right to wish for a U.S. foreign policy less given to unilateralism, less enamored
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