Doing some research today about American development aid and stumbled on this article in @ForeignAffairs from 1995 about U.S. assistance to Russia, which I had not seen in decades. THREAD 1/
“The United States, in sum, has no national interest in promoting economic reforms in Russia that are not accompanied by a transformation of the political system. " 2/
"America’s greatest national security nightmare would be the emergence of an authoritarian, imperialist Russian regime supported by a thriving market economy.” 25 years later, that's what happened (though not "thriving"). The parallels to the current China debate are striking. 3/
Source: Michael McFaul, “Why Russia's Politics Matter,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 74, No. 1 (January/February 1995), p 99. 4/ END THREAD.

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