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The United States, Russia and the 'No Cost' Paradigm

The National Interest

Washington think tanks can churn out studies about Russia, but the rationale behind them usually lack deep, strong roots sunk into the American public.

Dan Drezner, who has a blog at the Washington Post, is correct to caution the foreign policy commentariat from not overblowing comparisons between the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and current Russian-American tensions over Syria today, noting that the “conflict in Syria lacks the tight coupling between initial clash and escalation to full-blown nuclear war that the Cuban missile crisis did.”

Nevertheless, like former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul or former head of MI6 John Sawers, I agree that we are facing realistic prospect for a clash between Moscow and Washington.


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