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From the Left: Putin Is a Foe Who Must Be Contained
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From the Left: Putin Is a Foe Who Must Be Contained

Max Bergmann explains why U.S.-Russia relations have descended to Cold War levels and recommends a strategy of confrontation, not appeasement, of President Vladimir Putin's regime.

Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. strategy toward Moscow has sought to integrate Russia into Europe and the international community. While this was sensible, it is now clear that as long as Vladimir Putin is in charge of the Kremlin this strategy is no longer operable.

Russia under Putin has determined that America, NATO and the European Union are its core adversaries and has devised asymmetric approaches to undermine them. Putin’s Russia has reverted to a Cold War posture, waging an undeclared war against U.S. and European democracies.

The above excerpt was originally published in Inside Sources. Click here to view the full article.

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Max Bergmann

Former Senior Fellow