Stephen F. Cohen / Are U.S., Russia facing new Cold War? - Press of Atlantic City: Commentary

Stephen F. Cohen / Are U.S., Russia facing new Cold War?

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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:01 am

The domestic problems facing President Barack Obama have obscured an equally grave crisis: the unfolding Cold War-like relationship between Washington and Moscow. The recent spate of punitive legislation and abrogated agreements on both sides reflects a larger, and growing, antagonism. A new Cold War would further diminish, if not end, Russia's cooperation in vital areas of U.S. national security - including not just North Korea, China, Afghanistan and the Middle East, but also the prevention of international terrorism and nuclear proliferation. It would also almost certainly trigger a renewed nuclear arms race - instead of the deeper cuts that Obama wants - with the attendant dangers and budgetary burdens.

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