I knew I should have written a book last year. Oh well, there’s still time, because this fellow only managed to write about part of the problem. Apparently a Mr. Edward Lucas has just published a book on Russia and its return to Cold War policies:
So you thought the Cold War was over, did you? Welcome to Vladimir Putin’s new Russian Empire.
The Russian bear is now throwing his weight about in the international arena, inciting riots in neighboring states or cutting off energy supplies where the Kremlin feels its interests and prestige are at stake.Whether this campaign of bullying is comparable to the Cold War is a matter of huge importance to the West. Hence it matters which experts we pay attention to.
One whom I can unreservedly recommend is Edward Lucas, an authority on the subject who has been covering the region since the 1980s and has for many years been the Central and Eastern Europe correspondent for the Economist. Mr. Lucas has just published “The New Cold War: How the Kremlin Menaces Both Russia and the West” (Bloomsbury).
Of course, we all know that the Russian threat would be much less significant were it not for its new best buddy, China. By focusing only on Russia, Mr. Lucas has missed the core of the problem. So maybe I ought to write my ultimate Cold War tome after all. I could call it: “The Second Cold War: You’ll be Begging for Global Warming.”