Pragmatic engagement with Russia is possible, but only from a position of strength. And only where genuine shared interests are served by engagement.
In 2021, I can see only two shared interests between Russia and the United States: action on climate change and new efforts to limit the number of deployed nuclear warheads. Neither nation, after all, has an interest in annihilation.
Unfortunately, from President Joe Biden on down, the administration is giving Russian officials the benefit of the doubt in diplomacy. Biden’s strategy: talk, talk, talk. In the latest dialogue adventure, CIA Director Bill Burns was in Moscow on Tuesday,