A stable set of connections between Russia and the United States exists, ranging from student exchanges to cooperation in space. Included within this set of connections are the relations between the Parliament of Russia and the U.S. Congress. Close contact between the two legislative bodies was initiated in December 1996.
As Bush criticized Israel's recent anti-terrorism operations, some people see this as the beginning of a shift toward a less aggressive foreign policy. By turning Bush into a Middle East mediator, these people think they can shunt him off the road that leads to real security and peace--the road that runs through Baghdad. We trust the president will see and avoid this trap.
The immediate response of President Bush and his administration to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States was a success. But what comes next? A grand vision of the purposes of American power is needed not only to shape strategy, but also to sustain support from the American people and America’s allies.
Bush administration officials say that because the United States and Russia are no longer enemies, the size of the Russian nuclear arsenal no longer matters. But that sentiment ignores the main risk from Russia: not from a deliberate nuclear attack but the possible leakage of nuclear weapons or material to would-be nuclear states or terrorist groups.
Traveling through Afghanistan, one is struck by stark contrasts and divisions. With different factions and militias ruling in different regions, the prospects for a prolonged peace seem dim--or at least would require a serious international effort. But the Bush Administration's attention has already passed to its plans for a war in Iraq, and it seems ready to forget Afghanistan once again.
After the September 11 attacks, the global threat of radical Islamist terrorism gave the United States an opportunity to rally much of the world behind it. But by mixing up the struggle against terrorism with a very different effort at preventing nuclear proliferation, and by refusing to take the interests of other states into account, the US risks endangering itself and its closest allies.
In contrast to Kyoto—which tries to construct a comprehensive global architecture all at once—the United States should proceed step by step, starting with domestic action and then moving outward, beginning with like-minded states. It should initially address fewer greenhouse gases and use relatively simple procedures.