April 7, 2014

The Case for Gradualism Against Russia

Riccardo Alcaro, The National Interest

The Associated Press

The merits of a gradual approach shine through the flaws of the open confrontation strategy. Unity of purpose is likelier to be achieved if Russia further escalates the situation in Eastern Europe than if the U.S. or other countries push for it now. Given NATO’s unwillingness to go to war against Russia over Ukraine, it is better to avoid steps that could provoke, rather than reduce, Moscow’s aggressiveness. And diplomatic engagement should never be altogether forfeited, as Russia has no interest in a total collapse of its relations with the West.

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