THE UNITED STATES has four fundamental strategic relationships—those with Europe, Russia, Japan, and China. This judgment remains as valid today as it was 60 years ago on the eve of World War II. A central task for senior U.S. policymakers is to concentrate attention on these key relationships and to prevent less significant problems—such as Haiti, Panama, Bosnia, Somalia, and now Kosovo—from dominating time and agendas.
Of the four strategic relationships none is more important for this country than Europe. Europe remains a critical arena for both American leadership and partnership. Moreover, Europe today is on the cusp of fundamental change with clear and immediate ramifications for the United States.
What’s next for the war(s) in Syria?
Today’s sanctions were predictable after the Mueller indictment, which identified specific Russians involved with the troll factory...However, these individuals are small fish. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the so-called ‘Putin’s chef’ in charge of the Internet Research Agency, was already on the U.S. sanctions list for his activities in Ukraine. The administration deserves credit for following through on their promise to impose new sanctions, but much more still needs to be done to realistically deter Russia.
It’s a good move by the administration to impose sanctions...but it’s still not enough to respond to growing Russian aggression.