The ‘reset’ in U.S.-Russian relations is showing signs of an impending crash. This comes as the enviroment is increasingly being overloaded with seemingly unsolvable issues and threats to international stability; i.e. Iran’s nuclear program, Syria and the rest of the Arab winter, the U.S’ approaching withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the possible advent of a less friendly U.S. administration in 2013. This is an opportune time to consider one of the clear positives produced by the original reset: that is, the deepening cooperation between the U.S.-Russian in the war against global Islamism and Jihadism.
To be sure, the motive behind much of Russia’s cooperation in the war on jihadism is rooted in self-interest (as is the conduct of most foreign policy across the globe). Russia sees jihadism as a potentially grave threat to its own jihad-plagued North Caucasus, other regions of Russia, and neighboring Central Asia states. They wish to see the U.S. succeed against Al Qa`ida and the Taliban.