America may have the best intelligence, military, and diplomacy programs, but it’s getting played bigly by the Kremlin.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
On this week’s episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Susan Hennessey discuss the ongoing debate about Vladimir Putin’s motives and end goals. With each week bringing revelations (today, it’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s contact with Russian officials), it’s hard to get a handle on what’s real and what’s just bizarre regarding the investigation into the Kremlin’s involvement in the U.S. election. Whatever the case, it has become increasingly apparent in the last six months that Russia is striking from all sides with an intense information-war campaign, and that Washington is not the only target. Did Moscow have a hand in Brexit? How is it aiding and abetting the rise in global populist movements?
Even more concerning and unprecedented, argues the E.R. team, is that the Trump administration doggedly refuses to take any action against Russia. Instead, they seem to be aligning more closely with Moscow than with long-trusted U.S. allies. From the threats to NATO, to the desire to upend the EU, to support for the far-right, it seems our current president is not just fawning over Putin’s leadership, but supporting his anti-Western ideologies.
Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University. She is the author of the newly released book “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.” Follow her on Twitter at: @brooks_rosa.
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