Council President Ivo Daalder (@IvoHDaalder), former US ambassador to NATO, answers your questions on pressing global affairs and foreign policy issues in our new video series #AskIvo. For this first episode, we invited Council intern Natalie Pertsovsky (@natperts) to submit a question. She asked, “Are we in a new Cold War with Russia?” Submit your question for the next episode to @IvoHDaalder using #AskIvo.
I'm Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. And this is #AskIvo, a new series where you get to ask me a question on any global issue that may be of concern to you. Today, we have a question from @natperts. "Are we in a new Cold War with Russia?"
That's a great question. We're certainly not in a hot war, which is a good thing. But we're also not in the kind of Cold War that we had in the 1940s and '50s and '60s when two large armies were confronting each other and they were fighting over what ideology–communism or democracy–was going to win. Instead, what we have in Vladimir Putin is a disruptor of the international order and somebody who is trying to undermine the unity of Europe and the unity of the Transatlantic Alliance.
He invaded Crimea and Ukraine. He has been involved in military action in Syria. He has interfered in our elections here in 2016 and Europe in 2018 and 2017. And he used chemical weapons against somebody who he thought was a traitor of Russia. But he did it in Great Britain. This is the kind of man and the kind of country we are now dealing with. We're clearly in a big competition, even a confrontation, maybe even a Cold War. Whatever you want to call it, it's not a good thing.
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