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The US-Russia Relationship during the Obama Presidency: the Failure of RESET

Student: Mayeul louis marie Ponroy

Supervisor: Maxim Bratersky

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: International Relations in Eurasia (Master)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2020

Since 2014, the US-Russian relationship is an impasse. In an effort to comprehend the reasons and factors responsible for this period often labelled as the ‘New Cold War’, this dissertation provides an analysis of US-Russian relations during the period of the Obama Presidency (2009-2017). Organised chronologically, this paper portrays how both Western and Russian research have identified ideals, values, and national interests, as key components of the relationship’s evolution during this period. Furthermore, this study aims to establish responsibility for the failure of RESET, as the Russian and Western narratives are yet to reach a consensus on the matter. Ultimately, the results of this paper attribute the failure of the reset policy to American interventionism and supremacism, Putin’s neo-imperialist aspirations, conflicting interests, and antagonistic political systems.

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