Relations with Russia remain central to U.S. strategic interests. With the return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency, despite efforts to “reset” the relationship, bilateral ties have worsened in recent months. Future U.S. policy towards Russia should aim to advance common goals and work to resolve the issues that divide us. With Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), the U.S. will be at a commercial, and political, disadvantage unless it graduates Russia from the Jackson-Vanik amendment and grants it permanent normal trade relations status. BPC’s Foreign Policy Project (FPP) hosted a discussion on its recent paper analyzing this subject as well as U.S.-Russian relations after Putin’s return.
Former Secretary of Commerce
Assistant Secretary Philip Gordon
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs U.S. Department of State
President, Freedom House
Senior Policy Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Center
George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies Council on Foreign Relations
Executive Editor, Foreign Policy Co-Author, Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution