June 6, 2014

The Perils of Leaning Forward

Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The Associated Press

The goal today is to deter China from expanding while also attempting to integrate it into the global order. Even with Russia, the goal is not to force the collapse of the regime (which would not be replaced by a pro-Western liberal democracy) but rather to deter Moscow’s aggressive instincts and hope that it will evolve along a more cooperative line.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Russia, China, United States, U.S. Foreign Policy


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