In a major new report, An Agenda for Renewal: U.S.-Russian Relations, senior Carnegie Endowment experts call on the new U.S. administration to review its approach to dealing with Russia in several key policy areas.

"The theme of the report is renewal," says Jessica Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment. "It is not based on some feel-good optimism about Russia's future. It proceeds rather from a measured assessment of the terrain."

This report represents a collaborative effort by senior Endowment experts to reappraise U.S. relations with Russia, ten years after the end of the Cold War. The report covers security, energy and domestic issues and explains how these issues are closely interconnected.

For example, Carnegie Senior Associate Mike McFaul believes that Russian domestic issues are central to U.S.-Russian security concerns. After all, he argues, no one is losing sleep over France and Britain's nuclear arsenals.

In the area of nuclear policy, the report makes several recommendations. It suggests that the U.S. should make unilateral cuts to reduce the nuclear arsenal to the level of 1,000 to 1,500 weapons. It recommends taking weapons off of hair-trigger alert and investing more resources into dismantling Russian weapons and protecting Russia's stockpiles of fissile materials. Furthermore, it urges the U.S. to adhere to the ABM treaty by not deploying a national missile defense system unless the missile-threat environment changes significantly.

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