The key question for U.S. policy toward Russia is what will be the outcome of the upcoming U.S.-Russia confrontation? The answer will depend on what the Russians want. While the United States does not have the ability to invade Russia, economic sanctions and diplomatic measures are powerful tools for the West. Economic sanctions can impose significant costs on Russia. But even if the Russians don’t invade our nation, we can still put them on the defensive.
One area where these two countries are likely to disagree is the Middle East. Both sides are suffering from internal and regional crises and have significant demographic issues. Russia has developed political and military leverage in this region and the potential for future feuds with the United States is significant. While the United States and Russia disagree on many issues, they are not enemies. And they are committed to a peaceful solution in Syria. This is why U.S. and Russian policymakers should work together to address these issues.
The Russians’ religious differences are striking and interesting. Russia is an Orthodox country, while the United States is a secular one. It is home to many religions, including Christianity. While the United States is a Christian nation, many Russians are not. Their religious beliefs may be diverse, but that diversity has also helped the United States’ secular history. As a result, Russia could be seen as the greater threat to democracy.