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Op-Ed: Shultz and Nunn on the Crisis in Crimea and the Need for Strategic Thinking

Op-Ed: Shultz and Nunn on the Crisis in Crimea and the Need for Strategic Thinking
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 Writing in The Washington Post on March 27, former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn tackled the difficult question of how the United States and its allies should handle Russia's aggression in Ukraine without reigniting a "full-fledged Cold War psychology."

The Nuclear Security Project principals made the case for leveraging U.S. and European strengths on energy production, financial markets and representative government and for working to ensure that Ukrainians can "make their own choices about political and economic relations."

At the same time, the crisis should not end engagement with Russia, nor should it obscure areas of common interest, particularly on national security issues, the statesmen wrote. 
"Although current circumstances make it difficult, we should not lose sight of areas of common interest where cooperation remains crucial to the security of Russia, Europe and the United States," they wrote. "This includes securing nuclear materials … and preventing catastrophic terrorism, as well as destroying Syrian chemical stockpiles and preventing nuclear proliferation by Iran and others."