The Trump administration faces both challenges and opportunities in its relations with Russia. In a recent joint task force report, Eugene Rumer, Andrew S. Weiss, and Richard Sokolsky argued that the United States must “skillfully manage, rather than permanently resolve, tension with Moscow,” striking a middle path in its policy toward Russia.

Eugene Rumer, director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment, expanded on the concept of a middle path in an interview with Steve Scully on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal:

“The middle path is the path of standing up for our core principles and core values that have been guiding our foreign policy for a long time, but also cooperating with Russia where necessary and working to diffuse the situation in a number of very tense global hot spots; one of course being in Syria... and the other in Europe, where we see a military confrontation standoff between Russia and NATO in a way we haven’t seen since the end of the Cold War.”

This interview was originally broadcast on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.