Finally an article on the US-Russia relationship that sums it all up!
Tom Graham, is currently the Managing Director at Kissinger Associates where he focuses on Russian and Eurasian Affairs. He was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council from 2004-2007 and has held many positions of importance in US-Russia relations in the US government since 1984. We have had the privilege of meeting with him a number of times in the past and found his analysis always far ahead of his colleagues. The following is an amazing summation of what needs to be understood and put into real-time practice between the two countries.
A Russia Problem, Not a Putin Problem
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Rebuilding US-Russia Relations
By Thomas Graham, Kissinger Associates
The Ukraine crisis has put an end to 25 years of U.S.-Russia relations. The swiftness with which they collapsed, and the absence of any influential forces in either country actively working for their repair, is evidence of how much pretension and frustration had infused relations in recent years. It also suggests a deep-seated anti-American bias in the Russian elite, mirroring a Russophobia of comparable depth on the American side.
It may remain true that there is much the two countries could do together, on WMD nonproliferation, counterterrorism, regional balances, energy security, and climate change, among other things, that would advance the interests of each country and benefit the world as a whole, particularly over the long term. But shared interests will not be enough to bring the two countries together again. For the problem in relations is grounded in each country's sense of itself and its role in the world-in the American belief that it should be the global leader and in Russia's conviction that it should be a major independent actor. That reality creates major obstacles to cooperation even on shared interests.