The relationship between Moscow and Washington has undergone a marked decline over the past two and a half decades, such that many English-language analysts today readily proclaim that a “new cold war” is afoot. To date, however, only a select few of these same commentators have seriously attempted to understand this diplomatic downturn from the Russian perspective. This situation is made all the direr by the concurrent decline in funding for Russian studies at US universities in the years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. All of which has given to rise to a situation in which, as Andrew Kuchins puts in his December 2016 report Elvaluation and Calibration: A New Russia Policy for America, “Russians know more about us than we know about them.”
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