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The Evolution of US Approach Towards Russia Regarding Trade and Investment Relations since the End of Cold War

Student: Idar Murachaev

Supervisor: Dmitry Novikov

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Double degree programme in International Relations of the NRU HSE and the University of London (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

This research underlines the importance of the investigation of and overviews the evolution of US policies towards Russia regarding trading and investment relations within two superpowers since the end of the Cold War. This paper will hold both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis of secondary and primary sources documents regarding any trading and investing activity of the US concerning Russia as well as any opinions of politicians and economists, giving priority to those from the states being observed. This research will represent an overall tendency in the evolution of US policies and actions aimed at rather trading cooperation with Russia or the containment of the great power economic ambitions. As the political atmosphere within two great powers is one of the most influential aspects out flowing on the economic relations of countries, political background below trade and investment tendency will be observed. The main objective of this research is to investigate the positive tendency of US economic decision-making towards Russia despite tense political space within two superpowers relations. The research provides an investigation of the decision-making process of the US government directed at Russo-American trading negotiations from 1991 to nowadays, and in what direction has American attitude to investment strategies regarding Russia accelerated.

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