Author: D. A. FAYZULLAEV
With the arrival of the new US administration headed by President Barack Obama in 2009, the leitmotif of Russian-American cooperation was the slogan of "resetting" relations between the two countries, which had significantly deteriorated under the previous leadership of the White House.
The use of the term "reset" in the sphere of foreign policy most likely implies not only the mutual desire of the Russian and American sides to discuss topical foreign policy issues, smiles and friendly personal relations between the leaders of the two countries, but also a willingness to negotiate, i.e., first of all, to compromise and concede something to each other. their own geopolitical interests. And this is not an easy task: both Washington and Moscow creak to make concessions to each other in areas of their overlapping interests.
D. A. FAYZULLAEV
Doctor of Economics
The first statement about the" reset " was made on February 7, 2009 by US Vice President Joe Biden at the Munich Security Conference.1 He, speaking in Bucharest on October 21, 2009, stressed that, despite the "reset", " ... we have disagreements with Russia on basic fundamental issues.
..The United States opposes the nineteenth-century notion of"spheres of influence." We will not tolerate this approach..."2.
One of the traditional areas of Russian-American geopolitical rivalry is the Central Asian region. The development of the situation in this region in late 2008-2009 indicates that the" reset " of relations is taking place in parallel with the process of significant expansion and strengthening of the US military presence in Central Asia.
However, the war between the US-led NATO coalition forces and the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan is heating up even more. But we cannot discount the more ambitious plans of some Washington circles, although such plans are relegated to the background after the removal from power of extreme neoconservatives, which was embodied in the Bush administrat ... Read more