America Should Embrace Restraint in Dealings With Russia

America Should Embrace Restraint in Dealings With Russia

From the perspective of most American policymakers, the most interesting aspect of Massicot's piece is her claim that, while the new Russian doctrine will make coded barbs against the United States, Moscow will stop just shy of officially announcing the United States as a military threat. This underscores the fact that, no matter what differences Moscow and Washington may have, the Russians continue to seek a diplomatic solution to tensions with the United States. However, seven other points that Massicot believes will be in the new Russian doctrine indicate that Moscow is no longer content to play by the rules of the 1990s and early 2000s, when the United States was the unipolar power.

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