The Russia-Georgia crisis has caused a substantial erosion in Russia-U.S. relations. Additionally, the situation has no doubt created a challenging diplomatic moment.  On CNN International, Amb Ret. Jim Collins argues that in order to implement a cease-fire, the United States should fully support the French initiative. Additionally, he argues a resolution to this conflict will have to involve an agreement that addresses both the interests of Russia, as well as, Georgia.

Although the situation is grim, Collins does hope that something positive may come out of it- that the dialogue between Russia and the United States will no longer be focused on the zero-sum thinking that has long dominated it in the past.