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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Russian-American nuclear weapons negotiations have reached decisive phase

Russian-American negotiations on a new agreement to reduce strategic offensive arsenals have reached the decisive phase. The conclusion of such an agreement would be a key link in the "reset" of relations between Moscow and Washington.
Since the end of the Cold War, US and Russian leaders have twice announced a strategic partnership – in the early 1990s and after September 11, 2001. But both times those hopes turned to mutual disappointment. The reason for this was Washington’s unwillingness to recognise Moscow as an equal partner or to consider Russian interests in the international arena. Will this current effort be more successful?
There are grounds for hope. My recent conversations with leading political experts, members of the National Security Council, State Department and Pentagon, as well as US congressmen, suggest that the American elite has no illusions concerning "a single superpower in a unipolar world". The Obama administration understands that America will have to adjust to a polycentric system of international relations. Washington needs allies and partners in order to extricate itself from the current systemic crisis, and that will require not unilateral actions, but multilateral coalitional diplomacy.