Policy Decision And Objective ( S ) Essay

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1. POLICY DECISION AND OBJECTIVE(S). In 2014, the United States (U.S.) was forced to reevaluate its position following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and recent increase in aggressive behaviors. This new policy is oriented in the reassurance of the U.S. alliance and Russia’s compliance to abide by international law and the rules of the institutions that Russia joined at the end of the Cold War. The policy consist of four main objectives: (1) deter further aggression through the projection of strength and unity with our Allies; (2) build resilience and reduce vulnerability among friends and Allies facing Russian pressure and coercion; (3) cooperate on core national security priorities when our interests and Russia’s do align; (4) sustain ties to the Russian people and business community to preserve the potential for a more constructive relationship in the future. Given the continued tensions with Russia and its cyber activity against the U.S., the President has ordered the development of a comprehensive strategy that meets policy objectives and advance the U.S. National interests.
2. BACKGROUND / NATIONAL INTERESTS. With the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union, U.S. changed its relations with Russia, formulating new policy away from containment. More than 25 years later, Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, intervention in Syria, unchecked cyber-attacks, and human rights violations are undermining the U.S. security,

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