Improving the dangerously unstable U.S.-Russia relationship will be very difficult, but it is important for U.S. national security.
Current mutual hostility threatens an explosive confrontation that could destroy American (and Russian) civilization as we know it. Short of that, Russia can do much more than it is today to damage U.S. interests and values without taking extreme risks.
Accordingly, the United States should explore normalizing its interaction with Russia. Washington should do so without illusions, and from a position of strength.