U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the War against International Terrorism   [open pdf - 83KB]

"The September 11 attacks on the Pentagon and the twin towers of the World Trade Center elicited an unprecedented outpouring of Russian sympathy and expressions of Russian solidarity with the United States...The declarations of Russian support for the U.S. in this time of crisis lend hope for improved relations with Russia, at least in the area of anti-terrorism. As the U.S. develops a strategy to protect our nation from future terrorist attacks and bring the planners of the September 11 attacks to justice, strategists should explore ways to further U.S.-Russian and NATO-Russian cooperation. Policy makers and military planners should assess the strategic environment and consider the following questions: 1. What common objectives could the U.S. and Russia pursue as we seek to protect our nations' citizens? 2. What elements of national power can Russia contribute to the effort to deter or thwart future attacks? 3. What are the opportunities and risks associated with U.S.-Russian cooperation in the fight against terrorism? While U.S.-Russian cooperation in anti-terrorism is not new, these basic questions still require consideration."

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