Strategika Issue 53: U.S. Engagement with Russia

Toe-to-Toe with the Russkis: Is Realistic Engagement with the Russians Still Possible?

Please read a new essay by my colleague from the Military History Working Group, Ralph Peters in Strategika.

In the greatest film ever made about the human dimensions of strategy, director Stanley Kubrick’s Cold-War masterpiece, Doctor Strangelove, an excited strategic bomber pilot speaks of “noo-cullar combat, toe-to-toe with the Russkis.” But the lengthy annals of Americans and Russians tramping on each other’s feet followed a brief interlude when we danced the light fantastic to our mutual benefit, with neither side’s dancing shoes scuffed.

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The Way Forward with Putin and Russia

Please read a new essay by my colleague from the Military History Working Group, Chris Gibson in Strategika.

In late August 2016, I led a Congressional Delegation trip to Israel, Latvia, Poland, and Germany to gather information and build support for the POSTURE Act, a Bill to reverse the Obama administration’s drawdown of U.S. armed forces and deter further Russian aggression in eastern Europe. On day four of that trip we were in Latvia listening intently to Edgars Rinkevics, the Foreign Minister, explain his dismay with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments questioning the relevancy of NATO.

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The United States and Russia: Opposite Personalities

Please read a new essay by my colleague from the Military History Working Group, Thomas Donnelly in Strategika.

In his famous 1947 “Long Telegram” and subsequent Foreign Affairs article, George Kennan described what he thought was the “political personality of Soviet power.” It was an effort at what he called a “task of psychological analysis” to discern a “pattern of thought” and the “nature of the mental world of the Soviet leaders.”

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