President Barack Obama has made the reset with Russia a priority, while Governor Mitt Romney has called the Kremlin America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” Who’s right? Was it smart of Obama to put so much emphasis on getting along with Russia when the results are mixed, at best? And, why would Romney point to Russia, and not Iran, North Korea, or Al Qaeda as our most dangerous adversary? One thing is certain — Moscow has emerged as the key power broker in this summer’s two hottest foreign policy crises — Syria and Iran. That means Washington can’t afford to ignore the complex, difficult, and often inscrutable Vladimir Putin.
Burns, R. Nicholas. "The Return of Russia." Boston Globe, July 5, 2012.