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Podcast: Containment 2.0

  • Brian Whitmore

U.S. President Barack Obama (left) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in 2013.

U.S. President Barack Obama (left) and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in 2013.

It's time to dust off those old copies of the Long Telegram and the Mr. X article because George Kennan is back in vogue.

From Ukraine to Syria, Russia's aggressive international posture over the past couple years has led a number of Kremlin-watchers and policy analysts to call for the revival of the Cold War policy of containment.

It does have a certain allure. But Vladimir Putin's Russia is not the Soviet Union and the globalized world of 2015 is a far cry from 1947.

Can the West contain a Russia that is determined to upend the international order -- but which at the same time is deeply integrated into the global economy?

The latest Power Vertical Podcast tackles these questions with guests James Sherr, an associate fellow with -- and former head of -- Chatham House's Russia and Eurasia program, and Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and author of the books Theories Of International Politics And Zombies and the recently published The System Worked: How The World Stopped Another Great Depression.

Enjoy...

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