United States of America

President Trump and Improving US–Russian Relations

In June 2001, having been in office for a mere five months, US President George W. Bush met Vladimir Putin—who had by then governed Russia for over a year—in Slovenia. At the time, Bush astonished the world with his wide-eyed statement: I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul. He’s a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.

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There Are No Simple Solutions

The inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, on the 20th of January 2017 will certainly mark the beginning of a new and unpredictable period in world affairs.

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From Non-Recognition to the Exchange of Diplomats: US Baltic Policy in August–September 1991

On 27 August 1991, five days after the coup in Moscow had collapsed and Estonia and Latvia had joined Lithuania in declaring that they had restored their de facto independence, Estonian foreign minister Lennart Meri telephoned me. “Paul,” he said, “no one here expected the US to be the first” to recognise Estonia’s independence, “but at the current rate other countries are doing so, you’re not going to make the top 25”.

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