New Cold War


Russian-American Confrontation in the Age of the Internet

  • Pavel Sharikov
Recent events in Russian-American relations are often compared with events during the Cold War. There is no doubt that, along with other factors, information will play a key role in the new form of Russian-American confrontation.

Putin’s Valdai Gambit

Putin’s statements on weapons of mass destruction at the Valdai forum may have been just a tactical move to offset his harsh criticism of the United States. But it may well be an invitation to a serious discussion with Washington.

A Hereditary Disease

The old Soviet “enemies-are-everywhere” mentality frequently leads Russian decision makers to losses and defeat.

The West Should Not Reject Russia’s Assistance in Afghanistan

If common sense prevails and the West resumes its cooperation with Russia, the consolidated response to security threats in Afghanistan will be far more effective than the current disjointed efforts by various countries.

Israeli-Russian Relations: An Interesting Dynamic

  • Eugene Satanovsky
Israel will maintain its relations with the United States and the European Union, but it will also continue to develop its relations with Russia.

Worse Than the Cold War

The growing hostility between the Russian and American societies accompanies the tensions in state bilateral relations.

Russia and China: “Together Like Teeth and Lips”

  • Yury Tavrovsky
Western sanctions against Russia are driving the Kremlin toward closer economic, political, and potentially military alignment with China.

Perception as Policy

With tensions running high and diplomacy struggling to find a way out of the Ukraine crisis, inflammatory rhetoric violates the first rule of foreign policy: do no harm.

Past Lessons and New Challenges

Europe’s and the United States’ principal challenge for the coming years is to develop a new strategy for dealing with Russia. This strategy will have to be built on a realistic understanding of Russia as it is, rather than on what the West would like it to be and hopes it will one day become.

John Mroz, a Public Diplomat (1948-2014)

John Mroz, who died earlier this month, was the founder of the EastWest Institute, a novel concept of a “think and do tank” which sought to organize Track 2 and Track 1.5 discussions across the Cold War divide. Mroz has departed precisely at the moment when the need for his services has peaked again.
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