An Anachronistic Approach to Russia
In July, President Obama will meet Russian President Medvedev for the second time to hear the results of the negotiations for an agreement to replace the START treaty, which is set to expire this year. Using Cold War means, arms control, to cope with post-Cold War problems allows Russia to divert attention from the real problems we face and claim superpower-like prestige for which it longs. Arms control might be an optically useful slideshow, but only if it does not lay a diverting veneer over serious differences about contemporary security threats. The Obama administration will need more than the last century's legacy at the core of its program to reset a difficult relationship with Moscow.