Magazine November 7, 2016, Issue

Cold War Redux

Putin’s Master Plan: To Destroy Europe, Divide NATO, and Restore Russian Power and Global Influence, by Douglas E. Schoen with Evan Roth Smith (Encounter, 200 pp., $23.99)

Rarely has a book been as timely and relevant as this one, a valuable summary of how Russia’s aggressive foreign policy is reshaping the world. This fall, news shows have continually led with evidence of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s overseas meddling, including a worldwide propaganda campaign, stealthy subversion of adversaries, and possibly even interference in U.S. elections.

Consider just a few examples. A humiliated Obama administration broke off talks with Russia over the Syrian crisis, after it became clear that our government was being played for a fool by Putin. Russia has subverted various negotiated cease-fires and has pursued a scorched-earth …

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Looking the Other Way on Abortion Jay Nordlinger’s article “No More Baby” (September 26) concludes that we are a “deeply hypocritical society” because we won’t admit that killing a newborn baby is ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Bob Dylan is to literature as Barack Obama is to peace. ‐ “How is that not classified?” That was the stunned reaction of Clinton confidante Huma Abedin upon learning that ...
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