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.