Depictions of Russia often have little to do with Russia itself and are more about those doing the depiction. For many in the Western world, Russia is, and long has been, a significant ‘other’, comparison with which serves a useful purpose in the creation of self-identity.
Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the problems with the reporting here….
John Bolton suggests that Putin can play Trump like a fiddle. The truth is that under the forty-fifth U.S. president, the bilateral relationship with Russia is now as bad as at any time since the early 1980s.
Sooner or later, out of biological necessity alone, Russia will no longer be ruled by President Vladimir Putin.
Philip Stephens [“Russia cannot afford a war with the west”, 26 June] contains some home truths about Russia under Vladimir Putin, but comes significantly short of the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. To focus on but a few illustrations…
Anyone looking for new grand strategy won’t find it in the retired general’s latest ‘think piece.’
On July 1, Russian citizens will be voting to approve amendments to the 1993 constitution, proposed by Vladimir Putin in January, planned for a vote in April and postponed to the summer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. If adopted, the main change will be to allow Putin to stay in power after the end of his second consecutive – and fourth total – mandate, possibly up to 2036, when he is going to be 84 years old.
The fact that we have lived with nuclear weapons for seventy-five years has lulled us into a false complacency.
Founding National Interest editor Owen Harries has died but his legacy will not fade. He left a vital imprint on political and intellectual debates about the direction of American foreign policy.
Anyone who has followed the long career of Donald Trump’s ex-national security advisor John Bolton knows of his hostility toward multinational agreements and hard line toward so-called rogue states. His solution to difficult countries like Iran and North Korea is always regime change: through sanctions if possible and military action if necessary.