U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) listens to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (2ndR) at the start of a meeting at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, February 16, 2017

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(Al-Monitor)

February 28, 2017

U.S. Should Test Russia on Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) listens to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (2ndR) at a meeting in Bonn, Germany, February 16, 2017

Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

by Andrew Parasiliti

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Feb. 16 that while the US is “not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level” with Russia, “our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, meeting on the same day with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, added that “the United States will consider working with Russia where we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people.”

The remainder of this commentary is available on al-monitor.com.


Andrew Parasiliti is director of the Center for Global Risk and Security at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation, and a former editor of Al-Monitor.

This commentary originally appeared on Al-Monitor on February 27, 2017.