When writing about tensions between the U.S. and Russia, it’s all too tempting to choose a headline that brings to mind the Cold War. I could have gone for, “New cold front hits U.S.-Russian relations”, “U.S.-Russia relationship enters deep freeze”, or “The Cold War is over, but it still feels frosty!” Yet, in doing so, I think I would not have demonstrated personal creativity so much as a dependence on overused journalistic metaphors. Instead, I’m going to go the smart Alec route and tell you to come up with your own headline.
All kidding aside, relations between the U.S. and Russia do appear to be on the downswing, although they may not have reached an all-time nadir. (Please note my impressive use of the word “nadir”, which is a much better testament to my creativity than a corny headline.) President Obama just canceled a planned bilateral summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and he has decided not to meet with his Russian counterpart on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 gathering in St. Petersburg. Continue reading