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Transforming Russia from Enemy to Ally

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Publication Date: March 1992

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Jay P . Kosminsky; Leon Aron

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)

Keywords: Russia and Eurasia

Type: Report

Coverage: Russia (Federation)


A new military superpower, Russia, is emerging from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Heir to the extant, if crumbling, Soviet military that for so many years threatened America and its allies, Russia’s military future is America’s concern. No longer enemy but not yet ally, Russia could in a few years be a tremendous strategic asset to America-perhaps even a NATO ally-or Russia could again be a danger to itself and the world. There is much Washington can do to move Russia in this direction. Doing so should be George Bush’s highest foreign policy priority.