In recent years, Russia has increasingly opposed the United States as well as its NATO allies. This has contributed to rising tensions among parties. With military operations elevated in multiple regions on all sides, there are now more chances for an incident to spark major war between large powers. In his new novel, “War with Russia,” recently retired Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe General Sir Richard Shirreff outlines the real risks involved with the present situation.
On October 19, the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence hosted a discussion in context of General Shirreff’s new novel while also touching on other related areas of interest. General Sir Richard Shirreff (Ret.) of the British Army joined Michael O’Hanlon of Brookings for the discussion.
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Among those in the current US administration, President Macron is perceived to be a solid partner. Not only do Macron and President Trump have personal chemistry, which was seen by all during Trump’s trip to France last summer, but Macron’s decision to team with the US and UK in striking Syrian chemical weapons facilities recently demonstrated solidarity on a key security priority… Getting the United States to stick with the Iran nuclear accord will be Macron’s top priority during his visit to Washington but the prospects for a major breakthrough are unclear… It’s helpful that Macron and President Trump have personal rapport. It’s uncertain, however, if this will be enough to overcome the hardline posture Trump has taken towards Iran.