US - Russian Relations. Legacy from Reagan to Bush in foreign policy was improved relations with Soviet Union: collapse gave Bush opportunity to refashion foreign policy Two prior attempts to construct a partnership with SU:
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US strategy based on assumption that there was an identity of interest between Russia & US on wider issues - taken to task by Yeltsin, Russia not be so compliant
NATO expansion - no contradiction between desire to engage with Russia & with to assure Eastern European states that they had a future in NATO
Anti-reform vote in Russia in 1993 led to crisis in US - too much shock not enough therapy- criticised by the IMF, administration split between liberals & monetarists - assurance of a Clinton visit to Moscow in Jan. 1994