Will Ukraine Crisis Lead to New Cold War?
WASHINGTON, D.C. — If it's not a cold war, how does one describe our current relationship with Russia?
"It's a classical conflict, I would even call it a great power conflict," said Stimson Center Senior Advisor Gershon Sher. Career has been spent working to better U.S.-Russian relations. Sher was formerly with National Foundation Science Center where he coordinated U.S.-Soviet scientific programs.What we have now Sher says is very scary compared to the decades-long Cold War that ended in the late 1980's with the collapse of the Soviet Union. "History shows us that a great power that has lost its empire, that has suffered economically and politically, and in terms of humiliation is a very, very dangerous thing," said Sher.As evidenced by what's happening in Ukraine, Russia seeks to repair its broken empire. That, says American University Dean James Goldgeier, carries not a single hallmark of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was a super power and 'MAD' or Mutually Assured Destruction was enough of a deterrent to consider using nuclear weapons to resolve differences. "The problem right now is the relationship is terrible, the relationship between the two presidents is is terrible, and we really have a non-relationship between the united states and Russia," said American University's James Goldgeier. Neither Sher or Goldgeier think a shooting war with Russia is in the offing. So, what should Americans expect from our frosty non-relationship with Russia?" "It will be hard to see. You know there may be some companies, that because of sanctions won't be doing business with Russia to the same extent," said Goldgeier.America can't count on Russia's citizens to apply pressure to President Vladimir Putin. According to a fresh survey from Gallup, 83 percent of Russian's believe Putin is leading the country in the right direction.