The US-Russia rapprochement: the (im)possible direction for a US foreign policy

Nedić, Pavle and Mandić, Marko (2021) The US-Russia rapprochement: the (im)possible direction for a US foreign policy. Politika nacionalne bezbednosti = The Policy of National Security, 21 (2). pp. 139-157. ISSN 2334-959X

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The authors of this paper examine the possible change of course in the United States foreign policy and strategic adjustment towards Russia in international relations. Although the United States were the sole superpower in the world after the end of the Cold War, the contemporary international system is marked by growing multipolarity. This change in the international arena is caused by the rise of two revisionist great powers – China and Russia. Although China represents the US’ main geopolitical rival, Russia does not lack the ambition to influence current world affairs. Possible relative gain in Sino-American rivalry for the United States could be achieved through closer cooperation with Russia. Although this hypothetical appeasement could be beneficial for the US, the authors of this paper take the stance that rapprochement between the two countries is currently unlikely. Using neoclassical realism as a theoretical framework, the paper examines the possible US-Russian strategic cooperation, including both external and internal factors that influence state foreign policy and strategic adjustment. The paper also examines the US opening to China during the Cold War under the administration of President Richard Nixon and compares it to the contemporary state of world affairs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: US-Russia relations, US foreign policy, rapprochement, neoclassical realism, great power rivalry, odnosi SAD i Rusije, spoljna politika SAD, raprošman, neoklasični realizam, rivalstvo velikih sila.
Institutional centre: Centre for sociological research and anthropological research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2022 16:58
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 16:58

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