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Many of Russia’s official reactions are similar to those in the United States.
Russia is on the front line of the coronavirus crisis in that it shares a very long territorial border with China/Asia. Nonetheless, many of its official reactions are similar to those in the United States. Citizens are being told to self-isolate. New responsibilities, authority, and public prominence are being devolved to regional governors and mayors... Read More
Putin’s quest for a transformed nation and his own legacy.
The US media’s three-year obsession with the mostly fictitious allegations of “Russiagate” has all but obscured, even deleted, important, potentially historic, developments inside that nation itself, still the world’s largest territorial country. One of the most important is the Putin government’s decision to invest $300 to $400 billion of “rainy day” funds in the nation’s... Read More
Why would Moscow want to fight terrorists without the US? It doesn’t
Manichaean Cold War myopia and ludicrous Russiagate allegations have produced one of the worst periods of American “geopolitical” thinking in recent decades. Consider President Trump’s recently announced withdrawals of US forces from Syria and Afghanistan. Instead of applauding these long-overdue steps, the bipartisan US political-media establishment has denounced them as “Trump’s gifts to Putin.” But... Read More
Falsely demonizing Russia’s leader has made the new Cold War even more dangerous
Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at Princeton and NYU, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fifth year, are at TheNation.com.) This post is different. The conversation was based on Cohen’s article below, completed the day of the... Read More
Not surprisingly, Trump’s meetings with NATO and Putin are being portrayed as ominous events by Russiagaters
Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (You can find previous installments, now in their fifth year, at TheNation.com.) As Cohen pointed out in previous discussions, US-Russian (Soviet and post-Soviet) summits are a long... Read More
If it actually occurs, never in the 75-year history of such US-Russian meetings will an American president have had so...
Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (You can find previous installments, now in their fifth year, at TheNation.com.) Discussing the apparent decision to hold a prepared Trump-Putin meeting in July, Cohen points out... Read More
Ten ways the new US-Russian Cold War is increasingly becoming more dangerous than the one we survived
Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (You can find previous installments, now in their fifth year, at TheNation.com.) Recent reports suggest that a formal meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is... Read More
“Russiagate” and the Skirpal affair have escalated dangers inherent in the new Cold War beyond those of the preceding one
Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics at NYU and Princeton, continue their weekly discussion of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com.) Cohen begins by expressing to the Russian people and government profound sympathy and sorrow for the death of scores of Russians,... Read More
Some reflections on the Russian presidential election and on the Sergei Skripal case
Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com.) Cohen thinks that the proximity—in time and politics—of the Russian presidential election on March 18 and the... Read More
Delivered on the annual Nation cruise, December 2, 2017
Stephen F. Cohen speaks aboard the Nation cruise, December 2, 2017, introduced by Nation Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel.
A memorial monument to Stalin’s millions of victims—the subject of intense political struggle for more than 50...
Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com.) In November 1961, at the end of a Community Party Congress that publicly condemned Stalin’s crimes, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev unexpectedly called for the building of... Read More
Just as there is no forensic evidence of a Kremlin “attack on our democracy” in 2016, there is no political logic...
Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussion of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com.) For more than a decade, Cohen has been arguing that US policy was leading to a new Cold War with Russia and that if it ensued,... Read More
Cooperation with Russia is imperative, but never has the US political-media elite’s opposition to it been so virulent.
Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com.) Cohen argues that a new détente—cooperation in place of conflict—with Russia is imperative due to the unprecedented dangers of the new Cold War, with conflicts from... Read More
Russia’s leader may be the most vilified foreign leader in recent US history, but until now Americans have never had...
Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions, now in their fourth year, of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments are at TheNation.com.) This installment is, however, different. Batchelor and Cohen are joined by renowned filmmaker Oliver Stone, and their discussion focuses on Stone’s four hours of interviews with... Read More
“Kremlingate” is said to have killed any prospect for Trump administration cooperation with Putin’s Kremlin, but...
Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and radio-show host John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, can be found here.) Cohen reiterates a general theme he has developed in recent years: The exceedingly dangerous nature of the new Cold War makes détente—that is,... Read More
Washington and Moscow observers are saying American allegations that President Trump is a Kremlin puppet have killed the...
Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions about the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com.) As Cohen explained to Batchelor last week—and as he further explains in a Nation article this week—there are no actual facts to support the six different... Read More
Events this past week make clear that Trump was serious about changing US policy toward Russia, and the enemies of...
Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions, now in their fourth year, about the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments are at TheNation.com.) Cohen begins by noting that he has discussed the 20th-century history of détente, its lessons, and the imperative of détente in today’s exceedingly dangerous new Cold... Read More
Hysteria over Russia’s alleged hacking of the 2016 presidential election may make this US-Russian crisis more...
Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments are at TheNation.com.) Worrying that the current confrontations between Washington and Moscow—now extending from the Baltic region, Ukraine, and Syria to the American political system itself—is becoming more dangerous than was the nuclear confrontation... Read More
The personal vilification of Russia’s president is propelling the new Cold War toward hot war, poisoning American...
Unwilling to confront its own responsibility, the US political-media elite is again demonizing Putin and denigrating...
The demonization of Putin seems to answer the question, but is it balanced and factual?
American officials and pundits expressed “surprise” over Putin’s announcement while missing its primary significance.
Here are the four US policies that have most offended Russia.
Editor’s Note: The following are adapted from remarks by Stephen F. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Princeton University and New York University, delivered at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club on November 24, 2015. I am delighted to be here in San Francisco with you. The farther you go from Washington and the mainstream media, the better introductions... Read More
Russian leader asks, will the US rethink its destructive, “revolutionary” role in the world?
Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new Cold War. This installment focuses on the speeches given at the UN by Presidents Obama and Putin on September 28 and on their private meeting. Cohen points out that the two speeches spelled out with considerable candor and clarity... Read More
What the ongoing policy conflicts in Moscow mean for US–Russian relations.
Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussion of the worst US/NATO–Russian confrontation in many decades, perhaps since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. In this installment, Cohen argues that since the current crisis began in November 2013, at each turning point Putin has been primarily reacting—wisely or unwisely—to perceived... Read More
The danger of a US-Russian hot war.
Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen continues his weekly ABC radio discussions with John Batchelor about the new US-Russian Cold War and confrontation over Ukraine. Featured subjects include the ongoing struggle over the Minsk Accords for a negotiated settlement, with Secretary of State John Kerry’s progress with Russian President Vladimir Putin undermined by the Obama... Read More
Blame the US, not Putin, for undermining unity in Europe.
The New York Times ran a front-page article on Tuesday accusing Putin of currying favor with Cyprus and Greece in an effort to secure their votes against renewing sanctions. Later that day, The Nation’s Stephen Cohen said on The John Batchelor Show that while it’s true that Putin hopes to find support in Europe’s “soft... Read More
What are the Kremlin's true intentions in Ukraine?
Is a US war with Russia possible? The Nation’s Stephen Cohen joined The Thom Hartmann Program to discuss the politics underpinning the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Cohen expressed concern over the narrative in the West that Putin sought to destabilize Ukraine as part of a wider campaign to take back former Soviet territories in Eastern... Read More
Stephen Cohen went on The John Batchelor Show yesterday evening to discuss Vladimir Putin’s recent speech on the state of Russia, the equivalent of the State of the Union address in the United States, which is both an opportunity to boast about the achievements of the past year and to outline a program for the... Read More
The only thing Poroshenko has going for him is that Putin wants him to stay in power.
In the next few days, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet with European leaders Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and François Hollande. Stephen Cohen goes on The John Batchelor Show to discuss what will occur at that meeting and what’s next for Ukraine, now that Poroshenko’s position has drastically weakened and Putin holds all the cards.... Read More
A situation that would draw Russia and NATO into a hot conflict.
Is Putin withdrawing troops from the border with Ukraine for fear of sanctions, or civil war? Stephen Cohen thinks it’s the latter, and that Putin “is convinced that we are a couple spits from civil war in Ukraine,” which could draw in NATO and Russia. Cohen joined Angela Stent of Georgetown University on PBS NewsHour... Read More
Putin-bashing on the left and the right must stop in the interest of US national security.
Instead of embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to save Washington from another disastrous war—his plan would put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control and destroy them—influential segments of the American political-media establishment are bent on discrediting him and thus in effect the alternative to war he represents. Still worse, purportedly liberal and progressive voices... Read More
Stephen F. Cohen went on CNN to talk about the opportunity Putin is giving the USA.
Nation writer Stephen F. Cohen went on CNN Saturday to discuss how Russian President Vladimir V. Putin "has given President Obama the chance to be an international statesman." He said Obama should so-operate with the Russians on disarming Syrian chemical weapons, and that Russian and US national interests in the Middle East are aligned. He... Read More
The vilifying charges levelled at Russia's president by the American media could undermine rational U.S. policy-making.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Reuters. American media coverage of Vladimir Putin, who today began his third term as Russia’s president and 13th year as its leader, has so demonized him that the result may be to endanger U.S. national security. For nearly 10 years, mainstream press reporting, editorials and op-ed articles have... Read More