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    Obama Pursues "Reset" While Putin Pursues "Get Set"

    As reported by Bill Gertz, on the day Americans were celebrating our independence, Moscow dispatched bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons into the U.S. air defense zone on the Pacific Coast. This was not a fluke. It was the second incident in two weeks, and it has actually been going … More

    Putin and Obama Won't Visit Each Other Any More

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has cited the need to complete the formation of new cabinet ministers to excuse himself from attending the G-8 summit at Camp David. In an apparent retaliation, the White House announced that President Obama will not participate in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, scheduled to … More

    Putin Celebrates Inauguration Amidst Protests

    On the eve of his third inauguration, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon for two hours to “compare notes” on global affairs, from Afghanistan to missile defense. Donilon brought Putin a lengthy memo from President Obama, which aims to develop a solid U.S.–Russian partnership. … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Whispers Away America's Security

    It is hard to overstate the dangerous implications of what happened this week when President Obama was caught by an open mic sending a message to Russia’s dictator-in-waiting to wait quietly till after the November elections, after which Mr. Obama could make concessions on America’s national defense. The White House … More

    Russian Elections Did Not Bring a Surprise--but Now What?

    A recent Heritage event analyzed Russia’s presidential election and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. The election was held in the aftermath of mass protests against Russian leadership’s corruption and disregard for the rule of law. According to David Kramer, President of Freedom House, Putin already lost in … More

    Dinner with Putin: And What About Russia's Foreign Policy?

    Last Friday, this author had the opportunity to dine in the company of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, his senior staff, and the attendees of the annual Valdai Club meeting at Le Cheval Blanc, a gourmet restaurant in Moscow. Responding to the Valdai Club report that found Russia’s “managed democracy” … More

    Putin to Coordinate Oil Production with OPEC?

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that his country, the world’s leading oil and gas producer, plans to work closely with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the oil cartel. Russia has long spoken about linking up with OPEC, but at this point the extent of its participation has … More

    Why the Russian "Reset" Is Not Working

    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R–OH) recently delivered a blistering critique of President Obama’s Russia “reset” strategy. “Over the last two and a half years,” he said, Russia “has been the beneficiary of American outreach and engagement. [Yet it] has continued to expand its physical, political, and economic presence…under … More

    VIDEO: Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Hopes Arab Spring Spreads to Russia

    Garry Kasparov mastered the game of chess to become a world-famous champion. These days he’s facing a much tougher opponent: the corrupt leadership of Russia. Kasparov, a leader of the Russia opposition, spoke at Heritage about why Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is immune to the Obama administration’s reset strategy. In … More

    Morning Bell: The Serious Risks of the Russian Reset

    President Obama may believe that America’s “reset” policy with Russia is the correct move to cover important foreign policy bases, but the policy is deeply flawed. It puts the United States at a disadvantage we can’t afford and forces us to lay aside fundamental American principles of human liberty. The … More