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“Never doubt that a small group of ordinary citizens can change the world … indeed, it is the only thing that ever has ….”
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Friends, a second article by Nicolai Petro, Russian/Ukrainian PhD at the University of Rhode Island, who has been deeply involved with US-Russia relations for decades. He usually takes a middle of the road approach, but herein he takes the opportunity to assess what has failed and what Trump could do differently, if so inclined.
Following this article, you will next receive an update on the latest blaze of activity charted by CCI.
So keep reading! Sharon
(prepared for Russia Direct Report, “The New Face of America,” vol. 4, 2016). http://bit.ly/2gJhA9B
From Obama to Trump: Cold War Averted. What Now?
By Nicolai N. Petro 
The Trump administration has a unique opportunity to change the American foreign policy debate about Russia and move beyond the outdated policy of containment.
Obama’s foreign policy legacy is marred by the failure to improve relations with Russia. This failure is due primarily to his administration’s inability to envision Russia as anything but an obstacle to U.S. interests. Time and again, at key junctures, his administration failed to provide innovative leadership that might have moved Americans beyond the assumptions of the Cold War, and instead fell back on conventional stereotypes about Russia.
Why the Reset Failed
The “reset” serves as a model for the failure of the entire Russian-American relationship. From its inception the Reset rested on the flawed assumption that there was a rift between the values of the Kremlin and the Russian people that West could exploit. Its object was not to engage Russian officials in an open dialogue about values but instead, as the policy’s chief architect Michael McFaul explained, “to establish a direct relationship with the Russian people” over the Kremlin’s head.  As a result a golden opportunity to change the tenor of Russian-American relations by engaging in a real dialogue was lost.