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Putin's Authoritarian Soul

From the February 28, 2005 issue: The first test for Bush's liberty doctrine.

Feb 28, 2005, Vol. 10, No. 22 • By JAMES M. GOLDGEIER and MICHAEL MCFAUL
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Taken together, the steps outlined above can ensure that Bush in his second term--like Ronald Reagan in his--stands up for what he believes without disengaging from Russia on nuclear arms reduction, nonproliferation, or fighting terrorism. Mid-level bureaucrats always perceive tradeoffs between democracy-promotion and strategic cooperation. Bush has an opportunity to pursue both.

James M. Goldgeier and Michael McFaul are professors at George Washington University and Stanford University respectively and the authors of Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War.