The Economist has been writing a series of open emails to Barack Obama in the run-up to his inauguration, offering suggestions on various issues that the US President-elect will turn his hand to. Its latest missive has a few suggestions on how to deal with Russia, and in particular, the highly sensitive question of missile defense:
The truth is that the missile interceptors are not there to protect us or them from Moscow, but to protect us from a possible strike from Iran. Is a deal available that would allow you to delay the interceptors in return for Russia doing a lot more to help us stop the Iranians getting their hands on nukes? Or will that look like giving in to Russian blackmail? This is one call that only you can make.
Read the full piece here.