It’s actually Putin and a rising Russia that pose the greater threat to world order. And that's something we need to acknowledge, for ourselves and our allies.
- 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.
In this week’s episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, David Sanger, Kori Schake, and Yochi Dreazen discuss the looming threat of Russia’s growing influence and whether Western powers — namely, the Obama administration — are doing enough to quash potential problems ahead, opting instead to focus on threats like the Islamic State. The panel discusses why it’s time for the United States to stop painting Putin as a weak and unthreatening presence in the world, as weak countries can actually be the most dangerous.
From Crimea to its involvement in Syria, Russia has been a disruptive actor in the world. This week, The E.R. panel addresses the question of whether Vladimir Putin has more global influence now than he did 8 years ago. Is he a threat to be contained, or is the Russian president causing just enough disruption to get what he wants?
David Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and is an expert on cybersecurity. Follow him on Twitter: @SangerNYT.
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