Russian President Vladimir Putin has been in power for two decades. In that time he has rebuilt Russia's military, imprisoned and killed political opponents at home and abroad, annexed Crimea, gone to war with Georgia and Ukraine, deployed troops to Syria, and plundered the country. An increasingly authoritarian figure, Putin continues to divide Western countries, how should they deal with him?
The West should actively reset relations
Russia's isolation benefits no one.
Russia and the West have much in common and should work together
Russia remains a strong and influential country, with a seat on the United Nations Security Council and membership of the G20. Vladimir Putin could be a useful ally in bringing peace to the Middle East, relieving tensions between the West and China, fighting climate change, and tackling nuclear proliferation.