Russia in the context of foreign policy strategy of the USA: political and descriptive analysis of the post-bipolar times

Keywords: USA foreign policy strategy, Russia, rivalries


The article is focused on the political and descriptive analysis of the U.S. foreign policy towards Russia under the post-bipolar times. Among the problems under discussion are the factors which caused special attention of the American leadership to Russia from the beginning of the post-bipolar world, as well as the evolution of the US strategic approaches to Russia during 1990-2010-s years, including military aggression of Russia against Georgia (2008) and Ukraine (2014-2020).

Authoress applies to commonly acknowledged position that Russia as a great state will always be in the circle of the USA interests. This approach is based on the status of Russia as a nuclear power state and a member of the UN Security Council, which, despite difficulties of its internal development, maintains impact upon international relations. However, it is Russia’s influence on international relations that constitutes by reflecting imperial claims a threat to the world status quo, contrary to the position of the United States, and thus causes a line of rivalry between the parties.

The paper is tracing the process of accumulation contradictions in the US-Russian relations, which led from the partnership to the state of a new Cold War between the parties. It is deliberated the problematical character of the American administration’s reaction to Russia’s aggression against and Georgia (2008) and, in turn, the sharpness of the USA’s reaction to the Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict in 2014. It Is noted that Ukrainian factor – according to rivalries of RF and the USA – had overcome the post-Soviet space, but acquired a civilization nature. So, an aid to Ukraine from the USA in this respect has got an objective character regarding not only American national interests, but Western liberal values and freedoms.


Download data is not yet available.


Administratsiia Prezidenta Rossii. (2002, 24-26 maia). Sovmestnaia deklaratsiia Prezidenta V V Putina i Prezidenta Dzh Busha o novykh strategicheskikh otnosheniiakh mezhdu Rossiiskoi Federatsiei i Soedinennymi Shtatami Ameriki. [Joint Declaration by President Vladimir Putin and President J. Bush on new strategic relations between the Russian Federation and the United States of America]. Retrieved from 8/s8-doc.2ru.html [in Russian].

Brzezinski, Z. (1994). Premature Partnership. Foreign Affairs, 73 (2), 67-82. [in English]

Charap, S. & Colton, T.J. (2017). Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia. Routledge: The International Institute for Strategic Studies. [in English]

Cohen, А. & Hamilton, R.E. (2011). The Russian Military and the Georgia war: Lessons and implications. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Strategic Studies Institute. [in English]

Cornell, S.F. (2002). America in Eurasia: One Year After. Current History. A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, 101 (657), 330-336. [in English]

Dzekish, J. (2019, August 27). Pompeo promised to tackle the return of Russia to G7. Retrieved from [in English]

Hearing before the Committee on International Relations. House of Representatives, 105-th. Congress, 1-st session. (1997, March 12). US Relations with Russia and the Newly Independent States. Washington: Gov. print. off. [in English]

Hoffman, D. (1991, December 9). «Soviet Union as we’ve known it» is gone, Baker says. The Washington Post. [in English]

Interviu Dzh Busha gruppe zhurnalistov v Belom dome. (2001, 14 iiunia). «Rossiia ne iavliaetsia vragom SSHA». [«Russia is not an enemy for Russia»]. Retrieved from [in Russian]

Luers, W.H. (1992). Harmonizing U.S. and European Interests. In I.J. Lederer (Ed.), Western Approaches to Eastern Europe (pp. 16-44). New York: Council on Foreign Relations Press. [in English]

Lynch, A. (1992). The Cold War is Over-Again. Boulder, San Francisco, Oxford: Westview Press. [in English]

Maynes, Ch.W. (2003). America Discovers Central Asia. Foreign Affairs, 82 (2), 120-132. [in English]

Meyer, S.M. (1991, December 12). Hyping the Soviet Nuclear Peril. New York Times. [in English]

Motyl, A.J. (1991). Totalitarian Collapse, Imperial Disintegration, and the Rise of the Soviet West: Implications for the West. In A.J. Motyl (Ed.), The Rise of Nations in the Soviet Union. American Foreign Policy and the Disintegration of the USSR (pp. 44-63). New York: Council of Foreign Relations Press [in English]

National Security Strategy Archive. (2010, May 27). National Security Strategy. Retrieved from [in English]

Natsionalnyi instytut stratehichnykh doslidzhen. (2008, 14 serpnia). Ekspertna dyskusiia «Rosiisko-hruzynskyi konflikt: prychyny ta naslidky dlia yevropeiskoi bezpeky». [Expert Discussion «The Russian-Georgian conflict: Causes and consequences for European security»]. Retrieved from [in Ukrainian].

Newmann, W.W. (1993). History Accelerates: The Diplomacy of Cooperation and Fragmentation. In J.E. Goodby, & B. Morel (Eds.), The Limited Partnership. Building a Russian-US Security Community (pp. 28-54). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [in English]

Rice, C. (2000). Life after the Cold War. Campaign 2000: Promoting the National Interest. Foreign Affairs, 79 (1), 45-62. Retrieved from [in English]

Slobodian, N. (2014). Antyterorystychna diialnist Spoluchenykh Shtativ Ameryky ta Rosiiskoi Federatsii: porivnialnyi analiz. [Anti-terrorist activity of the United States of America and the Russian Federation: a comparative analysis]. Naukovyi visnyk Dyplomatychnoi Akademii Ukrainy pry MZS Ukrainy. Zovnishnia polityka i dyplomatiia: tradytsii, trendy, dosvid. Seriia «Istorychni nauky», 21 (І), 45-52. [in Ukrainian]

Slova Makrona i Trampa o vozvrashchenii Rossii v Gruppu Semi – eto nachalo «novogo poriadka», – Lubkivskii. (2019, 21 avgusta). [Macron and Trump’s words about Russia’s return to the Group of Seven are the beginning of a «new order», – Lubkivskii]. Retrieved from gruppu_ semi_eto_nachalo_novogo_poryadka_lubkivskiyi [in Russian].

Telata, G. (2014). Barack Obama, the War on Terrorism and the US Hegemony Alternatives. Turkish Journal of International relation, 13 (4), 41-58. [in English]

The White House. President Barack Obama. (2015, February). National Security Strategy. Retrieved from strategy_2.pdf [in English]

The White House. (2017, December). National Security Strategy of the Unites States of America. Retrieved from [in English]

Toal, G. (2017). Near Abroad: Putin, the West, and the Contest Over Ukraine and the Caucasus. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [in English]

Trump Wants Russia Back in the G-7, But Several Senators Say It Doesn’t Belong. (2019, August 27). Retrieved from [in English]

U YeS rozpovily pro trudnoshchi obhovorennia idei Trampa povernuty Rosiiu do «Hrupy semy». (2019, 25 serpnia). [It is told in EU about the difficulties of discussing the idea of Trump to return Russia to the «Group of Seven»]. Retrieved from [in Ukrainian].

Yadernyi dogovor mezhdu SShA i Rossiei ofitsialno prekrashchaet deistvie Ядерный договор между США и Россией официально прекращает действие. (2019, 2 avgusta). [U.S.-Russia nuclear deal officially terminates]. Retrieved from yadernyyi_dogovor_mejdu_ssha_i_rossieyi_ofitsialno_prekraschaet_deyistvie [in Russian].

Yali, M. (2012). Rosiisko-amerykanski vzaiemovidnosyny naperedodni prezydentskykh vyboriv v RF: pidsumky «perezavantazhennia». [Russian-American relations on the eve of the presidential elections in the Russian Federation: results of «Reload»]. Aktualni problemy mizhnarodnykh vidnosyn, 107 (ІІ), 47-54 [in Ukrainian].

Zimmerman, W. (1998). Is Ukraine a Political Community? Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 31 (1), 44. [in English]

Abstract views: 43
PDF Downloads: 20
How to Cite
Dudko, I. (2020). Russia in the context of foreign policy strategy of the USA: political and descriptive analysis of the post-bipolar times. Acta De Historia & Politica: Saeculum XXI, (01), 126-137.