Upon meeting Vladimir Putin in 2001, President George W. Bush announced that he had looked the Russian leader in the eye and found him to be “straightforward and trustworthy.” Since then, we have witnessed the rise of an authoritarian state, bolstered military capabilities, and growing antagonism toward the West. Could this be the start of a new Cold War, or do strategic differences mean a cold peace, and nothing more?
For the motion
Staff Journalist-in-Residence at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Among other positions at the Wall Street Journal, Rosett served as a member of the editorial board (1997-2002) and reporter and bureau chief in the... Read More
Deputy Editor, Editorial Page and “Global View” columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Bret Stephens writes “Global View,” the foreign-affairs column for the Wall Street Journal, for which he won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for... Read More
J. Michael Waller
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair in International Communication at the Institute for World Politics
Waller is the vice president for Information Operations at the Center for Security Policy and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies... Read More
Against the motion
Senior Fellow of the World Policy Institute and Professor of International Affairs at The New School
Nina is the granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. She is an editor at Project Syndicate and has written numerous articles for... Read More
Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Political Science at Columbia University
Robert specializes in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. He was director of The Harriman Institute at Columbia (1986-92), taught... Read More
Vice President for Studies of Russia, China and Eurasia at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Among other positions, Medish was special assistant to the president and senior director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs on the National... Read More
Where Do You Stand?
For The Motion
Russia’s focus on modernizing its military capabilities, including building an intercontinental ballistic missile force and nuclear submarines, does not reflect a nation seeking peace with the West.
To deflect attention from their increasingly autocratic policies and practices, Russian leaders are stoking nationalistic sentiment against American values and customs.