If This Is Cold War 2.0, Then the Russians Are Winning

Sequels are so often disappointing; I'd love to meet someone who thought Independence Day 2 was an improvement.  So it is with so-called Cold War 2.0: it can certainly feel meaningless, as Moscow doesn't hope to raise a hammer and sickle above the White House. Perhaps it's better to refer to it as Cold War 1.5, a … Continue reading If This Is Cold War 2.0, Then the Russians Are Winning

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Why Russia Is Still Outclassed By The United States (Or: Why Russia Will Lose This Mini-Cold War)

2014 was a helluva year for Vladimir Putin.  He's the first European leader to expand his state since West Germany and East Germany united in 1990.  He's the first since Stalin to grow it through military force and get away with it.  He's enjoyed sky-high approval ratings, outmaneuvered Obama on Syria, Ukraine, and, arguably, Iran, and … Continue reading Why Russia Is Still Outclassed By The United States (Or: Why Russia Will Lose This Mini-Cold War)