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RussiaThe Challenges of Transformation$
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Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dmitri Trenin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814785003

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814785003.001.0001

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The Imaginary Curtain

The Imaginary Curtain

(p.271) Chapter Ten The Imaginary Curtain

Roderic Lyne

NYU Press

This chapter explores the relations between the United States and Europe, on the one hand, and Russia, on the other, arguing that despite the fall of the Iron Curtain there still hangs an imaginary divide between Russia and the West that mirrors that of Cold War-era politics. It examines the Russo-Western tensions that still exist today as well as the possibilities of forging new partnerships, as the critical factor in the twenty-first century will be not so much how powers compete as how they interact. Russia clearly aspires to play an important role in the new international status quo, and this will place a premium on Russia's ability to deploy economic and intellectual capital and to forge effective relationships with other key actors.

Keywords:   Iron Curtain, Cold War politics, Russo-Western relations, twenty-first century, transnational partnerships

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