A New Cold War? Russia’s Confrontation with the West

Michael A. McFaul, Stanford University professor of political science; director and senior fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Stanford University, former ambassador to Russia (2012 – 2014).

Colin’s Comment:
Here is what I see as the big picture:

  • The current confrontation is more about the actors than about long-term strategy or geopolitical conflict
  • Russia is part of Europe, culturally and economically, and its destiny lies in the West
  • A strong Russia is in the West’s interest — a weak Russia invites encroachment from China in the East
  • The West has to build a strong deterrent to aggression from the current regime
  • While leaving the door open to long-term participation in European democratic structures, scientific cooperation and trade.

3 thoughts on “A New Cold War? Russia’s Confrontation with the West

  1. jurek says:

    The best expert on Russia, was Rudyard Kipling –
    the rest is a dream !!!

    • ColinTwiggs says:

      Kipling wrote at the height of British imperialism and his views on Germany and Russia reflect those times.

      • jurek says:

        in the case of Russia, nothing has changed
        You can drink with them and play with over 30 years
        and I will be very friendly – the time when you will eat a knife in the back
        -my grandmother was born in Empire
        tsarist russia – and and I learned quite recently
        their great desire for revenge – fleeing her murderers -and it is documented case
        and by the Polish police and relevant departments

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