Aspen Security Forum: Cold War Redux, "There's a War Coming"


Relations between the US and Russia, and Russia and the West as a whole, are at their lowest point since the Cold War. What are Putin’s aims, and can he be stopped in his quest to achieve them? An Aspen Security forum discusses:

-- Nina Khrushcheva, Professor of International Affairs, The New School

-- Victoria Nuland, Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

-- Andrew Weiss, Former Director, Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs, National Security Council

-- Moderator: Julia Ioffe, Correspondent, GQ


So predicted no less an authority than Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller, a man not prone to drama or hyperbole. Though he seemed to be speaking specifically of the prospect of a hot war over Europe, he might as well have been referring to the prospect of a war among the US, Russia, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in and over Syria. Secure in power once again, Assad has demanded the withdrawal of American forces and raised the specter of conflict if they do not. President Trump appears eager to confront Iran militarily if it responds to his scrapping of the nuclear deal by increasing its regional meddling and/or resuming its nuclear program. Meanwhile, Israel has struck Iranian forces deep inside Syria and Lebanon. How likely is such a big power war and are there ways to counter it diplomatically?

-- Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States

-- Tony Blinken, Former Deputy Secretary of State

-- Wendy Sherman, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

-- Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy

-- Moderator: Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent, CNN

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