Front of the Book Pitch: U.S.-Russia Relations and the Ukrainian Conflict

U.S.-Russia relations has been something that has been at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. Each president has taken a firm stance on the question of Russia, and any attempt to further the Russian geopolitical sphere of influence has been met with staunch opposition. The conflict in Ukraine has been described as a proxy war between the United States and Ukraine. Under the Obama administration, every adversarial move made by the Russian government in Ukraine resulted in sanctions. This created even more tension between the two nations. Recently, the conflict in Ukraine has escalated, but the Trump administration has failed to take a firm stance on the issue. Trump’s failure to address this issue could result in multiple outcomes. Two of the most likely are: Putin will view Trump’s failure to respond to the escalation as permission to continue his imperialist quest in Ukraine or the Kremlin will see this as a positive step towards being treated as an equal to America and will be willing to negotiate peace in Ukraine.


I will interview Boston College’s own expert on Russian foreign policy and U.S-Russia relations to discover his thoughts on what the silence on the recent incidents of the war in Ukraine could mean for the future of U.S.-Russia relations. I believe that he will be able to accurately comment on the state of U.S.-Russia relations and the implications that could follow as a result of the current situation. He is extremely knowledgeable in both the historical and current foreign policy tactics of Russia so it will be interesting to get his expert opinion. This piece would best be published in the next few months, before the talks that are scheduled to be held between Trump and Putin in June.


The article will be set up in a straightforward story style with quotes interjected to support the claims made. This would be an excellent article for The Economist or Foreign Affairs Magazine. I think this will be a very timely article because the events have just occurred ins Ukraine and no one is really looking at how the Kremlin will view this move by Trump in any sizable way. Anyone who is interested in the foreign relations between the U.S. and Russia will also find this interesting. It will also appeal to a wider audience because since the election more and more people have become politically involved.


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