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Trump, Putin And The New Cold War



Trump, Putin And The New Cold War

One of the largest news stories of 2017 has been the allegations of close links between members of the Trump administration and Vladimir Putin's Russia. While initially little more than rumors and leaked dossiers, the situation began to look more 'real' following revelations that led to NSC advisor Gen. Flynn resigning.
Moreover, there is now substantial evidence that Russia tried to influence the US election in a number of ways. Unsurprising to many, it is evident that Russia, through its propaganda TV channels, armies of online bots, targeted hacking, and leaks, put significant time and effort into supporting Trump's campaign and undermining Hillary Clinton. This being said, Trump winning was not the primary goal. Instead, Russia sought to undermine US democracy itself, making it appear illegitimate and marred with fraud and media manipulation.
While unprecedented, Russia's interference should not have been unexpected. In this lengthy article by Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa, the authors break down how Russia's tactics evolved from Soviet times through to the recent War in Ukraine. In meticulous detail, they show how innovative methods and technical expertise were built up over decades, and how by the time Russia declared 'information war' on the US, the country was already a battlefield veteran.
This article is hugely important as it shows how Russia uses its information warfare, and how we can use this knowledge to understand its motives. It also raises the interesting question of whether their support of Trump was too successful and now, having got him into power, they are struggling to cope with the fallout.






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