Articles Tagged: Vladimir Putin

Strategy Still Needed to Deal With Putin’s Russia, Despite Oil Prices

Supporters of a rules-based international order are probably just a little bit pleased that neo-reactionary Vladimir Putin and his inner circle are experiencing an economic meltdown of unprecedented proportions thanks to tumbling oil prices. However, any Schadenfreude one might experience should surely be tempered by the understanding that the real victims of Russia’s economic woes […]

Putin’s Cold War II

The Russian leader is itching for a fight, but don’t expect the Obama administration to do much about it. For many of us older Cold War veterans, watching Russia as it has evolved over the years has been a combination of a sick comedy and tragedy. Indeed, it has moved steadily from post-Cold War chaos […]

Russia Keeps Its Nuclear Threats against NATO Coming

Is Vladimir Putin seriously weighing the possibility of limited nuclear strikes against targets in NATO? Some experts think so, and Moscow would certainly have us believe that it is. As it reportedly prepares for a massive military exercise this month, Vladimir Putin reminded us, “Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is […]

The Fog of Uncertainty

Former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld was know for his comments about knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. The economic impact of the sanctions on the Russian oil and gas industry and Putin’s patrons can be reasonably known. The potential effects on European nations can also be known within reason. Those effects will not be trivial, […]

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