Russia Still Matters: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities for the Obama Administration [open pdf - 316KB]
From the key points section: "1. Bilateral relations will assume a lower priority for Washington and Moscow in the next 4 years, but there are important areas where cooperation is possible, and may prove necessary, despite the growing 'values gap.' 2. Pressing developments, interests, and disagreements will necessitate U.S.-Russian coordination on Syria, Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear file, and missile defense in Europe in the near term. 3. Each country's 'pivot' toward the Asia-Pacific region, interests in security and development of the Arctic, and desire to stimulate bilateral trade and investment will be on a longer fuse. 4. Allaying Russian concerns over the European Phased Adaptive Approach through transparency measures and technical cooperation will influence any future negotiations on strategic weapons reductions."
SF No. 280; Strategic Forum No. 280
Center for Strategic Research.
National Defense University Institute for National Strategic Studies: http://www.ndu.edu/inss/