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US-Russia Cold War and US Policy in Middle East

US army soldiers take part in NATO-planned military exercises at Smardan shooting range in Romania on April 21, 2015. (The Nation)

Two items from The Nation about the US-Russia Cold War and the US Middle East situation.

STEPHEN F. COHEN Stephen F. Cohen is a professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University and a contributing editor of The Nation.

Is the US Abetting World Order or Disorder? Stephen F. Cohen (Audio)

Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. This installment begins with reflections on a recent article by Henry Kissinger analyzing the breakdown of order in the Middle East and Russian President Putin’s rational policy in the region.

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Cohen also argues that a multi-polar world is an emerging reality being driven by history, economics, political, national traditions, trans-national crises, and that by opposing it the US is becoming part of the problem, not the solution. In this regard, he asks, was Putin really wrong in suggesting that American policymakers have “mush for brains”?

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PETER VAN BUREN  spent a year in Iraq as a State Department Foreign Service Officer serving as Team Leader for two Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs). Now in Washington, he writes about Iraq and the Middle East at his blog, We Meant Well. His first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, was published in 2011, and his latest book,Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent, has just been published.

US Engagement in the Middle East Is Riskier Than Ever By Peter Van Buren

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