the Bear and the Eagle

U.S.-Russian Security Relations

Cold War 2.0?

Relations between Washington and Moscow are at their lowest point in many decades and have entered what I would call the Cold War 2.0. Objectively, there is no reason for a new Cold War: There is no ideological confrontation between communism and democracy and no global competition between economic and political systems. Yet, the relationship between Russia and the United States continues to deteriorate and become more and more dangerous.

Welcome to The Bear and the Eagle

Those who care about U.S.-Russian security cooperation have been forced since the early 2000s to keep finding fresh ways to describe each downward step. Relations have repeatedly hit “their lowest point since the end of the Cold War.” A recent Washington Post op-ed opened with the vivid image of U.S.-Russian relations being “deep in a ditch.” 

The most recent round in the downward spiral began last year, when the Obama administration responded to strong evidence of Russian interference...