Publication Date

Spring 5-7-2021


College of Arts and Sciences; Helms School of Government


Interdisciplinary Studies


Russia, United States, Soviet Union, Diplomatic Relations


Diplomatic History | International Relations | Other History | Political Theory | Politics and Social Change


After the onset of communism in Russia, relations between the United States and Russia have been tense up to the modern day. Even the fall of the Soviet Union could not usher in a permanent peace between the two countries, with mistrust pouring over from both parties. Utilizing both primary sources and commentary from subject matter experts, this paper argues that in order to achieve a legitimate and sustainable policy of peace between the United States and Russia, policymakers need to first understand the history and culture of the people they are reaching out to. Using this knowledge, policymakers can infer the rationale behind Russian moves on the international stage and frame their foreign policy in a way that both demonstrates understanding of the Russian people while promoting the policy of the United States to a powerful potential ally.