One of President-elect Obama’s main foreign policy challenges will be figuring out the proper approach to dealing with Russia. Speaking on CNN, Amb Ret. Jim Collins reaffirms that today Russia has re-emerged as a major economy and as a major political and security player.

Although ties with Russia have been damaged this August due to the Russia-Georgia crisis, Russia still remains a key player on issues such as Iranian nuclear proliferation and the Middle East peace process. Therefore, the Obama administration will need to decide how to best move forward with our relations towards Russia.