>Here are a series of articles about various views on what America can and should do–or not do–in the face of the Russian aggression in Georgia. The truth of the matter is that Russia, our long-time arch-enemy during the cold war–has thrust upon the West a challenge. Either put up or shut up. If the West fails to respond to this direct challenge to this obvious breaking of all kinds of international law and order, then we are no longer a superpower, but can forever be considered a paper tiger, one anyone can thwart. Is that true or is there another answer? Read what others have said:
9 September 2008
The Return of History: Confronting the Russian Bear after the Georgian War
By Ryan O’Donnell
Through its actions in Georgia, Russia has made clear that it has little faith in-or respect for-the West’s diplomatic, military, or economic resolve. Thus far, the West’s response has done little to invalidate Moscow’s geopolitical assessments. The Heritage Foundation’s policy recommendations should serve as a roadmap, guiding both the West’s short-term and long-term economic, military, and diplomatic responses to Russian aggression in the 21st century.
28 August 2008
Russia’s Recognition of Independence for South Ossetia and Abkhazia Is Illegitimate: They Are Not Kosovo
By Sally McNamara
Russia has signaled its intention to continue escalating the crisis in Georgia by unilaterally and illegally recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Unless West responds in unequivocal terms, it is more than likely that Russia will pursue similar policies in other neighboring states, particularly Ukraine.
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Russia and Eurasia
Economic opportunities and the expanding war on terrorism demand that America move past Cold-war mentalities and embrace greater cooperation with Russia. Heritage experts are exploring ways that the relationship with America’s long-time adversary can be beneficial to both nations.
22 August 2008
U.S. Should Ensure That Georgia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity Are Not Undermined by the United Nations
By Sally McNamara and Brett D. Schaefer
As diplomatic efforts intensify at to the United Nations (UN) to resolve the conflict in Georgia, the United States must unambiguously define its redlines and veto any proposed resolution which does not explicitly uphold Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
20 August 2008
Russian Forces in the Georgian War: Preliminary Assessment and Recommendations
By Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., James Carafano, Ph.D., Lajos Szaszdi, Ph.D.
After an almost 20-year hiatus, the United States and NATO allies may once again prioritize Russia as a potential threat to the common European security. NATO should send a strong signal to Moscow that its aggression will not stand. This should be done through diplomacy, international organizations, and inventive economic measures. The U.S., its allies, and Europe must do everything possible to reverse Russian aggression against Georgia and to prevent hostile action against European countries.
12 August 2008
By Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has announced that Moscow is putting on hold hostilities in Georgia, apparently due to the pleas from Washington as well as European capitals to cease aggression against Georgia.
11 August 2008
The Russian-Georgian War: A Challenge for the U.S. and the World
By Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
The U.S. and its European allies should communicate to Moscow that Russia has much to lose, including hosting the 2014 winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi; membership in the G-8; and access to western markets, if the Georgian aggression is not stopped.
5 August 2008
Alexander Solzhenitsyn: The Passing of a Titan
By Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was a titan of twentieth century Russian literature and politics. He survived the Stalinist purges, World War II, eight years in the Gulag, communist denunciation, and even a battle with cancer. We who lived who benefited from the man’s literary and intellectual gifts should acknowledge and remember his talent, moral stature and courage.
21 July 2008
The Russia-Venezuela Axis: Using Energy for Geopolitical Advantage
By Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. and Ray Walser, Ph.D
A Russian-Venezuelan axis is a 21st-century throwback to the Cold War Soviet-Cuban alliance. Such a partnership bodes ill for energy security, for freedom in both nations, and for the Western Hemisphere.
13 June 2008
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: An Effective Tool for Winning Hearts and Minds
By Jeffrey Gedmin, Ph.D.
Heritage Lecture #1089
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has changed in terms of technology and medium, but its core principles, philosophy, and guidelines remain the same as they were during the Cold War-providing news and information to people in countries who cannot otherwise access it.__________________________________________________________________