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The U.S.-Russia Stalemate, With Mary Elise Sarotte

December 14, 2021

Mary Elise Sarotte, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis distinguished professor of historical studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss what the United States got right, and wrong, in its relations with Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. 


Articles Mentioned in the Podcast


George Kennan, “Long Telegram” to the State Department, February 22, 1946


“X” (George Kennan), “The Sources of Soviet Conduct,” Foreign Affairs (July 1947)


Vladimir Putin, “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,” The Kremlin, July 12, 2021


M.E. Sarotte, “Containment Beyond the Cold War: How Washington Lost the Post-Soviet Peace,” Foreign Affairs (November/December 2021)


Books Mentioned


M.E. Sarotte, Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate (2021)


M.E. Sarotte, The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall (2014)