Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Looming Prospect of a Second Cold War

After Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March this year, President Obama had this to say about President Putin in an interview on CBS News:

He’s been willing to show a deeply held grievance about what he considers to be the loss of the Soviet Union. You would have thought that after a couple of decades that there’d be an awareness on the part of any Russian leader that the path forward does not revert back to the kinds of practices that, you know, were so relevant during the Cold War.

 In April 2005, on national Russian television, Vladimir Putin lamented that the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) left tens of millions of his fellow countrymen outside Moscow’s command. The break-up of the Soviet Empire was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century”. Clearly, President Putin’s understanding of “the path forward”, which aims to reconcile the reach of the Soviet Empire with a born-again Holy Mother Russia, contrasts sharply with six years of President Obama’s multilateral New World Order.

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