Taylor: In certain areas, it's easier to see possible so-called "win-win" solutions that just aren't on the table now

PONARS Eurasia
26 Oct 2020

(RFE/RL) If he wins another four years in the White House in the election on November 3, U.S. President Donald Trump may make a new push to mend Washington's severely strained relations with Moscow, doubling down on an effort that was swiftly stymied after he took office in 2017.

Democratic challenger Joe Biden has vowed, if elected, to take a tough stance toward Russia on issues ranging from its human rights record at home to its assertive actions abroad, including the alleged election meddling that haunted Trump's first term from the start. [...]

Clearer messaging could mean that "on certain issues, U.S. policy might be tougher than it has been under Trump," said Brian Taylor, a political-science professor at Syracuse University who focuses on Russia. "But it also might mean that in certain areas, it's easier to see possible so-called 'win-win' solutions that just aren't on the table now because of how dysfunctional the process has become." [...]

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