SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN -- With the closure of the San Francisco Russian Consulate this past August, the city has been thrust into the increasingly tense relationship between the United States and Russia. Two experts on Russia, Norman Solomon and Andrei P. Tsygankov, spoke at University of San Francisco on September 16, determined to provide an account of this relationship and the dangerous implications of two nuclear armed powers at increasing odds with each other in a talk titled, “U.S. and Russia: A New Cold War?”
Andrei P. Tsygankov, a professor of Political Science and International Relations at San Francisco State University, offered an equally somber account of relations between the U.S. and Russia. Born during the Soviet era, and a graduate of Moscow State University, Tsygankov discussed the future relationships between the two countries.
“The prospects are, unfortunately, not very good for now,” said Tsygankov. But Tsygankov also mentioned, “Russia and the United States have multiple [shared] global interests that need to be addressed. Terrorism, nuclear proliferation, regional stability. These are fundamental issues that need to be addressed as we speak. But they are not.”