Robert David English, an Associate Professor of International Relations and Slavic Languages & Literature at the University of Southern California, is the author of the Foreign Affairs article “Russia, Trump, and a New Détente: Fixing U.S.-Russian Relations.” English discusses the Bill Clinton administration’s meddling in Russian elections in order to keep oligarch-friendly Boris Yeltsin in power, and why the foreign policy establishment has either forgotten the past, or steadfastly refuses to acknowledge it. Trump has at least paid lip service to improving relations and rolling back NATO, but has powerful forces allied against any attempt to take pressure off Russia.
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