Speaking at The Nixon Center, Dimitri K. Simes discussed the precarious status quo of the U.S.-Russia relationship. The two countries can work together on important issues like nuclear proliferation and terrorism. But it will not be easy.
“National security” is often invoked by the losing side in a commercial enterprise when the numbers don’t add up. For those who would prefer that the B-A pipeline not go forward, economic arguments no longer suffice.
If the end result in 2008 is for Russia to be more prosperous but to have simply traded one group of “the powerful” who are unaccountable and operate above the law for another, that may not be the legacy Putin is looking to leave behind.