March 19, 2014

From Putin, a Blessing in Disguise

Thomas Friedman, New York Times

The Associated Press

There are a lot of people who seem intent on restarting the Cold War — in both Moscow and Washington. I am not one of them. But if we’re going to have a new Cold War, then I have one condition: I want a new moonshot.

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TAGGED: Energy, Russia, Vladimir Putin


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March 11, 2014
The Perils of Kissinger's Ukraine Strategy
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March 12, 2014
How Putin Can Use Crimea
Nikolas Gvosdev, The National Interest
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