Russia's transition from authoritarianism is far from complete, however as preoccupied as Washington is with its new campaign against terrorism, inattention to the fragility of Russian democracy would be a huge mistake -- and one that could have serious negative consequences for American security.
If the U.S-Russian relationship stabilizes and an agreement is reached on missile defenses, Russia’s nuclear arsenal could dip as low as 1,000 weapons by 2010, allowing the U.S. to pursue deep cuts. It is unlikely, however, that Washington’s current position on missile defenses, the ABM Treaty, or negotiated arms control will create the environment needed for these reductions to materialize.
Contrary to the belief of many American pundits, the Taliban are not a foreign force imposed on Afghanistan. While they are indeed hated by many Afghans, they also have enjoy deeply rooted support fed both by religion and by Pashtun nationalism. This support has if anything grown stronger as a result of the bombing campaign.
Putin's pro-American plan was not simply tactical. Putin's policies of support after September 11, including his agreement to an American military presence in Central Asia, represented a significant shift in Russian foreign policy. The potential for breakthrough - for a fundamentally new and improved relationship between Russia and the West - has never been greater.
It is important to have partners in the war on terrorism, Carnegie's Robert Kagan writes, but a unilateral determination to act invariably precedes a policy of effective multilateralism.
A strong sense of righteousness has always been present in the American tradition, but until September 11, an acute sense of persecution by the outside world was usually the preserve of the paranoid Right. Now it has spread and some rather important ideas have almost vanished from the public debate.
Can the United States win a war on terrorism while winking at some terrorists and cozying up to nations that support them? Can the United States effectively fight terrorism and reward terrorism at the same time? You shouldn't have to ponder those questions very long. The certain answer is no.
This volume looks at the inner workings and realities of border communities along five international borders: United States-Canada, United States-Mexico, Germany-Poland, Russia-China, and Russia-Kazakhstan. The case studies focus on innovative cross-border initiatives and contribute unique insights into the daily lives and local perspectives of border communities.