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A Different “Special Relationship”: US-Russian Ties in Strategic Perspective
The United States and Russia have a unique opportunity to reforge their historical ties in the face of a common threat. History shows how this can be done. Together, the United States and Russia have faced recurrent periods of major geopolitical strife marked by common threats. Their successful resolution has been consistently promulgated through self-interested yet mutually beneficial US-Russian efforts. Even as rivals, the two nations have found reasons to work together since the founding of the United States – and they can again return to being rational partners. We are overdue for a renewed phase of such reciprocal cooperation. A natural way to start is to apply historical lessons while opposing common adversaries – namely, the terrorist Islamic State and other extremist jihadists. The next step is to seize mutually beneficial opportunities, which are to emerge from a stable world order – such as profiting from more secure energy relations.
Katya Drozdova is a visiting fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and an associate professor of political science at Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business, Government, and Economics. Professor Drozdova is an expert on foreign policy, counterterrorism, U.S. national and international security. Her current research and publications broadly focus on problems of geopolitical strategy, cyber security and reciprocity in international relations, particularly including American-Russian relations and issues of counterterrorism as well as novel analytic methods. Drozdova is the author of Quantifying the Qualitative: Information Theory for Comparative Case Analysis (SAGE, 2016) and is working on her next book on US-Russian ties in strategic perspective.
Dr. Drozdova has been a principal investigator for “Mining Afghan Lessons from Soviet Era” (MALSE) research program supported by the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department. She has previously held research appointments at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and New York University’s (NYU) Alexander Hamilton Center as well as at the Hoover Institution. Drozdova holds a PhD in Information Systems from NYU Stern School of Business, Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences. Her MA in International Policy Studies and BA in International Relations are from Stanford University.