Containing a rational Russia
The question of how to handle Russia is a pressing one. In inverse proportion to the weakness of its economy, demographics and armed forces, Russia seems determined to ratchet up its confrontation with the West and break the international system for good. Now, for good measure, explicit threats of nuclear war are being made.
Dealing with this situation presents a dilemma: idly observing Russian adventurism in Syria, Ukraine and the Baltic region (as well as in Western states’ internal affairs) risks encouraging aggression by weakness, while symmetrical responses risk playing into Russia’s hands. We are, in other words, damned if we …read more