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Teaching Module: Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy Toward Russia After the Cold War

Authors: James M. Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Service, American University, and Michael A. McFaul, Stanford University
October 2003

Russia, once seen as America ’s greatest adversary, is now viewed by the United States as a potential partner. This module traces the evolution of American foreign policy toward the Soviet Union , and later Russia , during the tumultuous and uncertain period following the end of the cold war. It examines how American policy-makers coped with the opportunities and challenges presented by the new Russia.

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