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Rethinking the Russia Reset

Frances Burwell, Svante Cornell

April 2012

Atlantic Council


As public protests continue throughout Russia, 2012 will be a decisive year in Russia’s domestic politics, with uncertain implications for the future of the US-Russia Reset. Against the backdrop of a US-Russia relationship in flux, the Atlantic Council released the issue brief, “Rethinking the Russia Reset,” which makes recommendations for US and Russian policymakers to refocus the Reset on areas with concrete benefits that speak to real interests in both countries

While making clear that US officials should hold Russia to account for its actions in the former Soviet space and its human rights record, the brief recommends expanding US-Russia economic ties as a way to promote good governance and rule of law in Russia.