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U.S.-Russia: Conflict and Convergence


Available for a very limited number of interviews, Cohen is professor of Russian studies at New York University and author of the book Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor of The Nation and, with Cohen, author of the book Voices of Glasnost: Conversations With Gorbachev’s Reformers.

Cohen wrote a recent cover story for The Nation titled “The New American Cold War,” which began: “Contrary to established opinion, the gravest threats to America’s national security are still in Russia. They derive from an unprecedented development that most U.S. policy-makers have recklessly disregarded, as evidenced by the undeclared cold war Washington has waged, under both parties, against post-Communist Russia during the past fifteen years.” The article and an interview of Cohen by Charlie Rose are at: The Nation.

Becker is dean of International Studies at Bard College and author of the book Soviet and Russian Press Coverage of the United States.

He wrote in his new piece “Bush and Putin as Leaders: The Ties That Bind“: “America and Russia are undergoing a convergence of sorts. However, rather than Russia adopting liberal democracy, the United States may be moving closer to a Russian notion of managed democracy. … Both presidents are identified with the fight against terror — and their leadership credentials are inextricably intertwined with that fight.”
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Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167