The Case for Ambiguous Agreements in U.S.-Russian Relations

08.12.17

The Case for Ambiguous Agreements in U.S.-Russian Relations

Эксперты МГИМО: Троицкий Михаил Алексеевич, к.полит.н., доцент

Challenges have been piling up in U.S.-Russian relations over the last five years. Confrontations — from arms control crises and Moscow shutting down NGOs to the Ukraine and Syria conflicts and sanctions regimes — will continue unless either government opts for a significant policy change. These policy disagreements largely result from core differences in perspective between Washington and Moscow on the fundamental issues of what constitutes the global and regional «order.» Given these deep-seated contradictions, the best chance to enable substantive U.S.-Russian negotiations on matters of regional and global concern could lie in aiming for agreements with ambiguous outcomes. Such agreements would set in motion a certain rules-based process that would be expected by each party to lead, with time, to a satisfactory solution without pre-determining that solution at the time the initial negotiation is concluded.

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Источник: PONARS Eurasia
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