Writing on this blog—in “Why a new Cold War can be avoided”—Jeremy Shapiro and Samuel Charap pose a stark choice between a new Cold War and Washington negotiating with Moscow on a settlement for Ukraine. They make an interesting case. But they overstate the risk of a Cold War, appear ready to negotiate over the head of a smaller state, and do not define how much they would negotiate away.
Such an approach could well make things worse. Let’s take these points in order.
Then and now
First, the Cold War was a scary time. The United States and NATO faced off against …read more