|Russian foreign policy needed, and soon|
While so much attention has been paid to national issues (i.e., health care, the economy), there are a number of international issues that remain below radar.
Sure, many Americans continue to monitor our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and even a few deem the scenario of a nuclear Iran worthy of their awareness. After all, the combination of state instability, terrorism, U.S. oil-dependence and nuclear weapons is nothing short of a nightmare.
Yet, President Obama, like every other president since Bush Sr. left office, has failed to articulate and construct a meaningful foreign policy (other than making concessions over missiles with nothing in return) towards Russia.
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union (for our younger readers, this is what Russia was just a few years ago) was central to American national security. They were the reason phrases like "mutually assured destruction," "strategic defense initiative" and "first strike" entered the lexicon of international diplomacy. (Not to mention why some really awful movies like Red Dawn were made).
For the full column, see Page 5A of this week's Citizen.
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John W. Sutherlin, PhD, is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He also is co-director at the ULM Social Science Research Lab. He can be reached by e-mailing Sutherlin@ulm.edu.