March 2016 DIRT Project: The New Cold War


Whether or not Russia presents a geopolitical threat to the United States and her European allies is no longer up for debate. The question has been answered by Russia through its military actions in Crimea, the Ukraine and Syria, its burgeoning diplomatic relationships with nations such as Iran, and its obsession with challenging the United States in every manner possible around the globe. Moscow has bent over backwards to show the world that it is a threat to the United States, Europe, and democracies around the world. On Saturday, 13 February, 2016 Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev stated that the world said that the world was fighting a new Cold War. He went on to warn of grave consequences for the West if it did not cooperate with Russia in Syria and in other places.  The thinly veiled threat is impossible to ignore, as is the intimidation factor.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Cold War 2.0. This is not your father’s or grandfather’s Cold War.

In the last half of March, I will publish a three-part series on the new Cold War, providing a detailed analysis of the diplomatic, economic, and military dimensions of the new state of political hostility between the United States and Russia. The series will also examine the conditions and events which have led to this point, as well as what the future might hold.

For those of us who grew up during the 80s and remember the unbridled optimism that washed over the world following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the reemergence of a belligerent Russia may seem like a nightmare come to life. The bad old days could be returning. Whether or not the United States wants to accept it or not, Russia is a threat. More alarming is the fact that Russia considers us to be a threat once again. Moscow is making decisions and taking actions based on this presumption, and it is working to Vladimir Putin’s advantage. Meanwhile in Washington, the Obama Administration is reluctant to accept the new geopolitical realities that are emerging. With the failure of his foreign policy, President Obama appears to be satisfied with leave a resurgent Russia on the desk for his successor to contend with.

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