1/4/19 Ted Galen Carpenter on America’s New Cold War with Russia

1/4/19 Ted Galen Carpenter on America’s New Cold War with Russia

Cato Institute fellow Ted Galen Carpenter talks about his latest article, “NATO Partisans Started a New Cold War With Russia.” He lays out the prevailing narrative about Russian aggression: Nixon and Kissinger were able to defuse the threat of global communism by negotiating with China, and shortly thereafter the Soviet Union collapsed, solving the Russian threat once and for all—that is, until Vladimir Putin began instigating conflicts with Georgia and Ukraine in the last decade. Carpenter explains that that’s pretty much all wrong. In fact, the “new cold war” began in the 1990s when President Clinton and America’s allies began expanding NATO closer and closer to Russia’s borders, something the U.S. had previously promised not to do. Carpenter thinks the entire narrative of Russian aggression in Eastern Europe is overblown, and that America should just get out of or dissolve NATO as soon as possible.

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Ted Galen Carpenter is a senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Carpenter has written 10 books including “America’s Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan” and is a contributing editor at The American Conservative Magazine and the National Interest.s

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