Obama's Wasted Russia Trip
Russia expert Stephen Cohen on why the president will need to break with his Clinton advisers if he really wants to “reset” relations and defuse the Russian ticking time bomb. Plus, Stephen M. Walt on Obama’s slim progress at the summit.
President Obama’s trip may have looked like a success, but Russia expert Stephen Cohen, author of Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives, tells The Daily Beast that in order to avert disaster, the president must reverse the disastrous path pursued by Clinton and Bush.
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The president was statesmanlike on his first trip to Russia, says Harvard’s Stephen M. Walt, showing a greater sensitivity and clearer approach than his predecessors. But on headline issues like arms control, he failed to make much progress.