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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 relationship in the face of a common threat. History shows how this can be done. Together, the United States and Russia have dealt with recurrent periods of major geopolitical strife. Their successful resolution has been consistently enabled by self-interested yet mutually beneficial US-Russian ties. Even as rivals, the two nations have found reasons to work together since the very creation of the United States—and they can return to being rational partners through reciprocal cooperation. A natural way to start is by using these historical lessons when facing common adversaries—such as the terrorists of ISIS and other extremist jihadi groups. The next step is to seize mutually beneficial opportunities emerging from a stable world order—including more secure energy relations. Finally, while Russia’s cyber forays may threaten US interests—understanding cyber power in the context of global geopolitics offers opportunities for new forms of deterrence and improved strategic ties going forward.
The following article will be discussed: http://www.hoover.org/research/different-special-relationship
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.