Over the years, the United States has struggled to formulate a clear, coherent strategy in its relationship with Russia. The following recommendations are designed to foster partnership and bring American policies back in line with American values.

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Since the end of World War II, the United States has loosely pursued a strategy of “liberal hegemony,” focusing on the preservation of America’s primacy, expanding the country’s sphere of influence, and ostensibly promoting liberal values such as democracy and human rights. The problem with this strategy has been two-fold in both theory and in practice. In theory, “liberal hegemony” has existed in a vacuum without a guiding principle or a Northern Star to give it direction. This has inevitably ushered in its problem in practice. …


Если Москва желает изменить внешнюю политику США в положительном для себя ключе, ей потребуется создать российское лобби в Соединённых Штатах.

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Tридцать лет назад Россия открыла новую страницу своей истории. Едва ли какой голливудский блокбастер может сравниться с сюжетом этих скрижалей. Не имеющий аналогов в мировой истории, водоворот событий, вызванный крахом Советского Союза, привёл к возникновению новых российских экономических и политических реалий. Подобно тому, как сегодня мы увлечённо смотрим сериалы Netflix, в 90-е годы весь мир с замиранием сердца и одушевлением наблюдал за тем, как Россия ставила крест на своём коммунистическом прошлом, во имя строительства рыночной экономики и демократического общества. Самоликвидация СССР запустила цепочку роковых событий по всему миру. Согласно эффекту домино, многие из этих процессов продолжаются и по сей день.


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Cобытия вокруг эпидемии коронавируса, к сожалению, не прекратили информационную войну Запада против России. Россия в этой борьбе часто занимает пассивную позицию, ожидая от Запада, что он как-то сам «образумится», вспомнив или совместную борьбу с нацизмом (попытки напомнить о встрече на Эльбе), или хотя бы решения Нюрнбергского трибунала.

Может быть, поэтому в России часто остаются незамеченными очевидные разоблачения той или иной «информационной атаки» против нее самой. Вот недавний пример. Начиная с 2017 года в британской прессе появились десятки статей о том, что Россия якобы влияла на итоги референдума 2016 года по Брекситу, в результате которого Британия вышла из состава ЕС. Влияние…


This chapter in human history should teach us above all to extend more goodwill to one another. Because in times like these, goodwill to one another is the most valuable currency that we have.

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In what seems like a blink of the eye, the coronavirus has uprooted and deracinated nearly every sense of normalcy that could possibly exist. A pathogen that up until a few weeks ago was both out of sight and out of mind is now quite the opposite. It’s evolved into a global pandemic that knows no borders, expresses no predilection, and holds no political or national affiliations. COVID-19 has changed every fabric of our society. It’s changed the way we do business, the way we interact with loved ones, and it might — believe it or not, change the course…


Prosecutors knew that if they litigated this case to its conclusion, they weren’t just poised to lose — they were on track to be humiliated.

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When Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel dropped indictments against 13 Russian individuals and three companies for using social media “to interfere with the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election,” the American mainstream media class treated this as groundbreaking, indisputable evidence that Russia had indeed meaningfully interfered in the 2016 election. Headline after headline from then on accused Russian trolls of everything from suppressing the African American vote, to promoting Green Party Candidate Jill Stein, to recruiting “assets,” and ultimately “sowing discord” in the heart of American democracy.

Now that the smoke has cleared after two-plus years of unrestrained sensationalism…


It’s time to reunite American foreign policy with American democratic values and #RecognizeCrimea.

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People attend a concert and rally marking the anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia. (Photo by Dmitry Azarov/Kommersant/Getty Images

This year will mark the sixth anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia. It will also mark six years of an all-out American embargo on the peninsula that effectively punishes Crimeans for the crime of exercising democracy.

Crimea is arguably the origin story for the US and Russia’s turn towards hostility in recent years, but it’s also a story that’s largely misunderstood and grossly misrepresented to the American public. …


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This morning Ru-PAC President/Founder, Hunter Cawood, went onto CGTN to talk about the recent shakeup within the Russian government and what to expect in the coming months. Here’s a first look at what he said:


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Russia and the United States have had another year of rocky relations that have included more sanctions, heavy rhetoric, and a shortage of constructive dialogue to bring the two countries together. 2020 will likely be a mixed bag of steps forward and stagnation that closely resembles the past couple of years.

Nevertheless, here are three of the boldest predictions for Russia-U.S. relations in 2020:

Prediction #1: Expect more Russophobia

Russophobia has become par for the course since circa 2016. Its emergence as a tool wielded for political expediency is obviously nothing new. In fact, the current moment we live in is truly reminiscent of the…


It’s becoming increasingly obvious that a pro-Russia lobby in the United States would be incredibly beneficial for both Russia, the United States, and the world at large. The question now becomes, how should a pro-Russia lobby promote Russian interests? What should be the strategy?

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Since publishing my last column on How a Pro-Russia Lobby in the United States Could Change the Course of History, I’ve received a lot of feedback and enthusiasm about the potential a pro-Russia lobby has to change the course of Russia-U.S. relations. For many, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that building and supporting such a lobby in the United States would be incredibly beneficial for both Russia, the United States, and the world at large.

The question now becomes, how does a pro-Russia lobby go about effectively promoting Russian interests in the United States, in a political climate thoroughly hostile to…


The longer Americans continue to believe unsubstantiated myths about Russia, the longer American policy-makers will continue to falter and make foreign policy mistakes as it relates to Russia.

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In the past three years, Russia has been thrust into the American political spotlight like never before, earning itself both a reputation and a mythology that posits Russia as the ultimate James Bond villain. At the heart of this mythology are misconceptions about Russia’s aims, goals, and intentions that originate from an American media culture that is starved of real intellectual diversity when it comes to Russia. That is, Russia is tarred as a pariah, an arch-nemesis of the United States, and the effective Alpha and Omega of political discord because there is no counterweight present in American discourse to…

Hunter Cawood

Founder of The Russian Public Affairs Committee (Ru-PAC), alumnus of Saint Petersburg State University GSOM, and a firm believer in the #НоваяРусскаяМечта!

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