US-Russia, Where Do We Go Now?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

At the G7, President Obama acknowledged that "Russia's actions are a problem. [But] they don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States." Angela Stent, Georgetown professor, fellow at Brookings and author of The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, January 2014) discusses the latest from Crimea, what we don't understand about Putin, and the future of U.S.-Russia relations.

From Brian's Prep: Five Things About Russia from Angela Stent

Here are five things you might not know about the Ukraine crisis but might want to know to impress your friends and actually understand some of the history of how we got here.

1. The borders of Ukraine that we see as being violated today were drawn by Stalin.

2. In 1954, Soviet premiere Nikita Khrushchev gave Crimea to Ukraine on "a whim" (as Stent puts it).

3. When President Clinton ordered the bombing of Kosovo in 1999, Russia felt betrayed by the West in a similar way to today.

4. The Bush administration worked on a plan to invite Russia into NATO, but it never worked out...

And 5. My next guest, Angela Stent, says she spends hours every year asking Vladimir Putin challenging questions, and he allows it.


Angela E. Stent

Comments [14]

Sara from NYC

Neither Brian nor his guest mentioned an important fact: today, Crimea is majority ethnic-Russian largely because Stalin ethnically cleansed Crimea of its indigenous Tatars in the 1940's (half of whom died on their way to exile in Central Asia) and replaced them with large numbers of ethnic Russians from Russia proper.

Mar. 27 2014 10:37 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Wow, look at all the rusty zippers when 'murricans have to actually stand up for their allies and defend legit geostrategic pivot points that aren't disputed by effete middle eastern armies... how is this any different than Kuwait? Pandora's box is open now, the craven character of the American people and the utter incompetence of the current administration has been revealed for all to see. Next up: Reinvigorated nuclear arms race and the dissolution of our strategic alliances in Europe and Asia.

Mar. 27 2014 10:33 AM

Many of the countries in Eastern Europe were dominated and oppressed by the Soviet Russian. Poland, Czech and the Baltic nations all look to the West. The Ukraine also suffered under the Soviets/Russians and those ethic Ukrainians wish to lean towards the West. Crimea was Russia historically, but once Stalin and Khrushchev created the present borders and the fall of the Soviet Union, the borders should be maintained. There are ethnic Russians in the Baltic nations, Belarus and Moldova should they also be "allowed" to return to Russia? I think not.

Mar. 27 2014 10:26 AM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

Any thoughts on Soros' idea about lowering the price of oil to hobble Russia?

Mar. 27 2014 10:26 AM
oscar from ny

What's not democratic than a group of ppl apharthein themselves from other, humans tend to do that ..

Mar. 27 2014 10:24 AM
Dennis Dinzeo from Las Vegas NV

I gather that Ms. Stent would advise no response at all to Putin's Crimean excursion.

I agree.

Mar. 27 2014 10:21 AM
antonio from baySide

In the wiki which describes the goings on with Ukraine and Russia, It starts with the wish of Ukraine wanting to join the EU, and the former PM/President Yulia Tymoshenko saying no, which resulting in the protests, killings of protests etc. How did it jump to being about Crimea and Russia?

Mar. 27 2014 10:17 AM
Mary from Queens from Queens

Question for guest speaker:

It was reported in the news that the Tar tars were
the largest group in Crimea and they were displaced
by the President of Russian . Russians were moved in.
So who lived in Crimea when it was gifted to Ukraine?

Mar. 27 2014 10:16 AM
Vlad from brroklyn, ny

It's strange that "specialist" on Ukraine did not mention simple thing - it's much easier from logistics point of view to govern Crimea thru Ukraine as Russia has no connection to Crimea over the land.

Mar. 27 2014 10:15 AM
Jerry from NYC

what should be US and EU appropriate reaction to the Crimea situation?

Mar. 27 2014 10:14 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Why didn't Russia ask for Crimea back, during it's secession. They asked for their nukes back. Was Yeltsin too drunk to bother?

Mar. 27 2014 10:13 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Oh hi there Bryan why doncha ask the guest to clarify how Crimea was "autonomous" as you like to say on the radio. Also, while we're at it let's discuss the Budapest Memorandum, allodial title, and why your pushing irredentist aggression as if it's the most normal thing in the world... OH, RIGHT! Israel...

Mar. 27 2014 10:12 AM

(The first two of the points above are red herrings. All lines on maps are whimsical when drawn. The day an army enforces those lines is the day they become extremely real. Putin's (and your) arguments are red herrings that appeal only to the silliest or most cynical.

Mar. 27 2014 09:39 AM

"I am frankly more worried about a nuclear bomb being set off in New York City than about Russia." -- Obama the other day.

Would like to hear the guest conjecture on the infered link between these two subjects?

Mar. 27 2014 09:35 AM

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