After President Donald Trump’s four years in office the U.S.-Russian relationship ended where it began: hostile, recriminatory, unproductive, and disengaged.  Thus, the Biden administration starts from where roughly the Obama administration left off, only the hole is deeper, because Russia’s cyber intrusions have added a paralyzing dimension to the mix of problems.  But where precisely do things stand, and how do Biden and his team appear to assess the challenge?  How are they likely to address the challenge, and with what chance of success?  And, if recent and prospective U.S.-Russia policy can be improved, how might that be?

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