Vladimir Putin’s Russia is not the world power the Soviet Union was, but as a strategic and military foe it would be formidable.
If Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine and its military involvement in Syria mark a major shift in how the Kremlin intends to present itself on the world stage, the question for U.S. leaders is what to do about it.
An event like Turkey’s downing of a Russian bomber could trigger deadly confrontation.
Where are the U.S. and its NATO allies headed in their relationship with Russia? Does the situation call for a show of force or strong diplomacy?
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