Russia-U.S. relations: avoiding collision

President, Russian-American Goodwill Associates, George Krasnov

1937 - Born in Perm, Russia
1960 - Graduates, Moscow State University
1963 - Lecturer, University of Lund, Sweden
1966 - Fellow, University of Chicago
1968 - Receives masters in Slavic languages, University of Washington
1971 - Instructor, University of Texas, Austin
1974 - Assistant professor, Southern Methodist University
1974 - Receives Ph.D. in Russian literature, University of Washington
1980 - Associate professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies
1980 - Instructor, Sapporo University, Japan
1986 - Professor and co-ordinator of Russian studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
1989 - Director, Centre for Contemporary Russian Studies
1990 - Member, National Board of the Congress of Russian Americans
1992 - Founder, Russian American Goodwill Associates

Today we discuss what's happening in Russia-U.S. relations. After Georgia’s military provocation in South Ossetia relations between Moscow and Washington have deteriorated to such an extent, that the republican candidate for Vice-Presidency openly considered a possibility of going to war with Russia. Vladimir Putin says relations are so bad, that any change may only be for the better. Are there grounds for the Russian Prime Minister's "informed optimism"?