The ambivalence of the relationship between Russia and the West creates difficult problems and some observers treat the ambivalence and the problems as new phenomena. There is an apparent, if irregular, cycle of Russian receptivity to and isolation from Western ideas and technology that began half a millennium ago. Today's problems are no less difficult but they aren't new.
"Détente Then and Now,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 31
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol31/iss1/6