Cato Handbook for Congress: Policy Recommendations for the 106th Congress

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58.
Relations with Russia
Congress should
encourage members to increase interaction with their Russian counterparts, thus helping the Russians to understand legislative oversight of the executive;
shift the security focus in Europe to enforcement of human rights through the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe rather than seek to expand NATO;
press the administration not to lobby for construction of the Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline, an economically unjustified project that has needlessly antagonized Russia;
encourage the president to negotiate an agreement for deeper reductions in the U.S. and Russian strategic arsenals;
refuse to endorse U.S. contributions to the International Monetary Fund, which may have facilitated corruption in Russia; and
reexamine visa procedures and regulations to lower the wall between immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.

Interaction

In the fall of 1990 the Cato Institute, in cooperation with the Soviet Academy of Sciences, held a conference in Moscow on the communist world's “transition to freedom.” One of the Russian participants expressed the hope that, with the end of the Cold War, there would now be no East or West but one universal civilization, stretching from London to Paris to Moscow to Vladivostok to Los Angeles and New York.

Five years later at another conference on Russian-American relations, a journalist asked the participants to explain the rise of anti-Americanism in Russia. The head of the American delegation blamed the Russian media

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