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Russia and U.S. National Interests: Why Should Americans Care?

A Report of the Task Force on Russia and U.S. National Interests

Chairs: , Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, and , Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy
Director: Dimitri Simes, President and CEO, Center for the National Interest

Russia and U.S. National Interests: Why Should Americans Care? - russia-and-us-national-interests-why-should-americans-care

Publisher Center for the National Interest / Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Release Date October 2011

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Overview

As the United States and Russia approach the twentieth anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991, the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) and the Center for the National Interest (CFTNI) have cosponsored the Task Force on Russia and U.S. National Interests. The task force comprises business leaders and former military officers, senior government officials, and diplomats. The group was chaired by Graham Allison, director of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Robert D. Blackwill, Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and former deputy national security adviser for strategic planning and U.S. ambassador to India. The project director was Dimitri K. Simes, president and CEO of the Center for the National Interest.

The study makes the case that Russia remains one of the handful of countries in the world that can deeply affect American national interests, demanding constant U.S. attention. The report offers dozens of specific policy prescriptions on key issues that shape the relationship: nuclear weapons and proliferation, arms control, energy security, fighting terrorism, trade and investment, and democratic values.

Task Force Members

for the Center for the National Interest/Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Task Force on Russia and U.S. National Interests

Graham Allison
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Robert Blackwill
Council on Foreign Relations

Charles Boyd
Center for the National Interest

Richard Burt
McLarty Associates

James Collins
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

John Deutch
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard Falkenrath
Chertoff Group

Thomas Graham
Kissinger Associates, Inc.

Michael Green
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Maurice Greenberg
C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.

Fiona Hill
Brookings Institution

James Jones

Kenneth Juster
Warburg Pincus

Zalmay Khalilzad
Khalilzad Associates LLC

Robert Kimmitt
WilmerHale

Richard Myers

Sam Nunn
Nuclear Threat Initiative

Paul Saunders
Center for the National Interest

Dimitri Simes
Center for the National Interest

Ashley Tellis
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

J. Robinson West
PFC Energy

Dov Zakheim
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Philip Zelikow
University of Virginia, Corcoran Dept. of History

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Voice of Russia: Why Americans Still Care About Russia?

"While the United States and Russia are exactly on the same accord on a number of foreign policy issues, including Missile Defense System in Eastern Europe and the International community's handling of violent situations in Libya and Syria, the Obama administration touts a reset of relations with Russia amongst its foreign policy achievements. The Task Force on Russia and US interest have released a report detailing why Americans still need to care about Russia." (Voice of Russia)

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