Putin's empire building is not a new Cold War

CNN Online publishes an article by David Clark, Chair of the Russia Foundation, writing that although events in Ukraine have left the West uncertain about how to respond, President Vladimir Putin’s empire-building is not a new Cold War. In responding, the US policy of containment, first adopted by the administration of President Harry Truman at the onset of the Cold War, deserves qualified approval, but with one crucial difference. The article argues that the aim of US containment today should not be to engineer Russia's collapse, but to block the illegitimate exercise of power and encourage Russian leaders to pursue their interests by respecting the sovereign equality of their neighbours. In the long-term, Russia would be stronger not weaker as a result.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014