Nikolas K. Gvosdev, a contributing editor at the National Interest.
The president, his national security team and Congress will have to work together to find the answers.
New sanctions on Russia are not a “fire and forgot” tool. They must be accompanied by a more comprehensive approach.
History shows that the lack of flexibility or graduation mechanisms in congressional sanctions can create unnecessary complications for the United States.
Nobody should expect major changes to happen overnight.
And they have options.
Without a clearly defined understanding of U.S. interests, the risk grows that the United States will stumble into a clash with Russia and Iran.
The United States needs to think soberly about its next steps—and not stumble into a clash with Russia that it neither foresees nor desires.
Russia has acquired in Venezuela, as it has in Syria, a need to preserve the current regime in order to safeguard its investments.
Trump’s priorities won’t be well received by allies to the north or east—though members in the Mediterranean may think differently.
The U.S.-Russia relationship is starved for normalcy.
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