October 26, 2015

Throughout the Cold War era, the triangular relationship formed between the United States, China, and Russia was central to forming the modern global order. Today’s geopolitical and economic challenges have brought renewed urgency to understanding the evolving motivations of each of these powers in their relationships with one another.

Uneasy Triangle_Report_Cover image CGI’s newest report  looks beneath the surface of the United States-Russia-China triangle to discuss the fundamental foreign-policy motivations of each country, before placing them in the broader context of 21st-century geopolitics. In the first part, Alexander Lukin of Moscow’s Higher School of Economics and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) presents the Russian justification for increasing its ties with Beijing. His essay explains the underlying thinking of Russian decision makers and allows the reader to gauge for himself the validity of their approach.

Gilbert Rozman of Princeton University discusses the triangle from the Chinese perspective, tracing the significance of Russia in Chinese domestic politics over the previous decades, and identifies the rather limited role that Beijing has in mind for Russia in its own future economic development. Finally, Stephen Blank of the American Foreign Policy Council presents the view from Washington in his response to both preceding texts.

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Listen to the audio recording of the “Uneasy Triangle” report launch, held Oct. 23, 2015 at The Woodrow Wilson Center.