The Kremlin sees a golden geopolitical moment couched in the doldrums of the economic crisis.

Call it the Great-Post-Bush-We-Just-Might-Be Friends-After-All-Reach-Out. It means more diplomatic resources geared toward the United States and the EU and was articulated by left-leaning Kremlin advisor Igor Yurgens who also heads the vaguely named think tank the Institute of Contemporary Development. "Out of pure logic, we should start talking to the U.S. and the European Union, " he told an assembly of Russian and US experts at the American Chamber of Commerce in Moscow recently.

Yurgens remarks dovetailed nicely with Vice President Biden's remarks at a security conference in Munich on February 7th.

What do big thinkers think? Is a sustained warming of Russo-American relations ahead?