Mounting Tensions Between The U.S. And Russia

Mounting Tensions Between The U.S. And Russia

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia mount over NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the Kremlin’s new anti-gay laws and Syria. A panel joins Diane to discuss the chilly turn in U.S.-Russian relations.

In a press conference Friday, President Barack Obama defended his decision to hit pause on the U.S.-Russian relationship. Over the last several months, differences have emerged over Syria and human rights. The president said NSA leaker Edward Snowden was not the only reason for cancelling a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Putin’s return to power has brought an increase in Cold War-type anti-America rhetoric. Also on Friday, the U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense met with their Russian counterparts over areas where interests overlap and conflicts divide. A panel joins Diane to discuss tensions between the U.S. and Russia and possibilities for future collaboration.

Guests

Andrew Weiss

vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and he served on the National Security Council staff as a Russian expert under President Bill Clinton.

Miriam Elder

foreign editor at BuzzFeed and reported from Russia for seven years, most recently for The Guardian.

Stephen F. Cohen

professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton University, and author of "Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War."

Stephen Sestanovich

professor at Columbia University, senior fellow at Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. ambassador-at-large from 1997 to 2001 to newly-independent Soviet states, and author of the upcoming book, "Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama."

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