Russia played a surprisingly large role in the recent American election campaign. According to the Director of National Intelligence, Russian state agencies were involved in cyber hacks and leaks designed to disrupt the campaign, and President Barrack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden both spoke publicly about steps to deter future cyber attacks. Hillary Clinton and others expressed dismay about favorable references to Vladimir Putin by President-elect Donald J. Trump. Ironically, however, the campaign may place Trump in a better position to attempt a “reset” with Russia than the one that Secretary of State Clinton attempted in 2009….

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