The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West

The New Cold War Putin s Russia and the Threat to the West In late when Vladimir Putin was named Prime Minister Russia was a budding democracy Multiple parties campaigned for seats in the Duma the nation s parliament The media criticized the government

  • Title: The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West
  • Author: Edward Lucas
  • ISBN: 9780230606128
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In late 1999 when Vladimir Putin was named Prime Minister, Russia was a budding democracy Multiple parties campaigned for seats in the Duma, the nation s parliament The media criticized the government freely Eight years later as Putin completes his second term as president of Russia and announces his bid for prime minister, the country is under a repressive regime HumaIn late 1999 when Vladimir Putin was named Prime Minister, Russia was a budding democracy Multiple parties campaigned for seats in the Duma, the nation s parliament The media criticized the government freely Eight years later as Putin completes his second term as president of Russia and announces his bid for prime minister, the country is under a repressive regime Human rights abuses are widespread The Kremlin is openly hostile to the West Yet the United States and Europe have been slow to confront the new reality, in effect, helping Russia win what experts are now calling the New Cold War.Edward Lucas, former Moscow Bureau Chief for The Economist, offers a harrowing portrait from inside Russia as well as a sobering political assessment of what the New Cold War will mean for the world In this big, hard hitting and urgently needed book, he shows how Russia is pursuing global energy markets Neighboring nations are being coerced back into the former Soviet orbit Journalists and dissidents are being silenced Foreign investments and private enterprises are routinely defrauded Putin is laying the groundwork for controlling industry and planning his new role as prime ministerDrawing on new and hitherto reported material, The New Cold War brilliantly anticipates what is in store for the new Russia and what the world should be doing.

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    1. UPDATEI could not resist this photo's "charm".Back in 2012 Lucas gave an interview to The Economist; a talk about his book. Main points are as follow:(1) Russian spies are busy as ever [forget about Cold War being over] (2) The West let its guard down(3) Putin is one of the richest and is surrounded by his cronies (4) The economy is in a mess; there’s bribery and “brain-drain” in the field of education (5) Don’t forget about the Anna Chapman case and the “ring of spies” uncovered; th [...]

    2. Yesterday, the 27th of January I've attended the Round Table "Russia and the West. New cold war?" held at ISPI on the occasion of the italian release of the book by Edward Lucas "The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West", published by "Università Bocconi Editore". Attended as speakers: Aldo Ferrari, from ISPI and Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the author Edward Lucas from The Economist and the ambassador Sergio Romano from Corriere della SeraIntolerance of dissent, open ho [...]

    3. If you know nothing about contemporary Russian politics but are interested, then this is 'must read' for you. Excellent (and relatively short) summary of everything that happened over the last 10 years, during which Russia drifted from transition democratic state towards some sort of cleptocratic regime ruled by a group of persons usually associated with Putin. The book is written by the person who has followed Russian politics for fairly long period of time. I read it in 2009 and nothing has ch [...]

    4. Interesting read; totally confirmed what I always hear about the man and the current "soviet" (small "S") state, that calls itself Russia. Hasn't changed much, as I recall from my time 20 years ago when I really studied the former Iron Curtain leader

    5. On one hand alarming, on the other hand, could be deemed a matter of perception perhaps Russian exceptionalism is a fact that the world (read the West) must come to terms with

    6. Published in 2008, the Edward Lucas pulls multitudes of underlying events along with obvious signs together to conclude that we (the West) will head straight back into another long term, confrontational relationship with Putin's Russia. Behold, here we are. Excellently researched; although to be sure, the copy editing was a bit disgraceful. The author covered Eastern Europe for the Economist for 20+ years. Naturally, reads more like a textbook than a novel; awarded four stars due to high quality [...]

    7. The end of the Cold War has been one of the watershed moments of the twentieth century. The tension between the Soviet Union and its allies on one hand, and the Western capitalist democracies on the other, has completely dominated all of international relations for almost half a century. The collapse of the Soviet Union had spurred hopes that the days of bipolar world and the constant threat of total nuclear holocaust are finally behind us. For some time it looked that Russia and a myriad other [...]

    8. Ця книжка вперше була видана 2008 р. - після війни з Грузією. Проте більшість зроблених в ній висновків - актуальні як ніколи. Автор намагається зрозуміти логіку дій Кремля щодо країн Європи. І йому це гарно вдається. По-перше, він пояснює, чому Путін прийшов до влади, і чому йог [...]

    9. Every foreign policy wonk, political leader or leader of an international corporation should read this book and get clarity on what Russia really intends to do as it gains wealth from its massive energy reserves, mostly natural gas. Under Putin -- and let's be clear about it: Putin is still in charge as "prime minister" -- the FSB (formerly KGB) has come to dominate Russian statecraft (if you can be so kind to call it that). The state IS the mafia; the state IS truly Big Brother. We should get i [...]

    10. This book is a study of Russia in the post-communist era. It documents the rise of Vladimir Putin and identifies the 'new cold war' that envelopes Russia's relations with the outside world. I found the book to be detailed with information and I was surprised by many of the features of the new Russia. I hadn't realised that under Putin the Russian economy had been growing really well nor had I an appreciation of his soaring approval rating with his people. The Russian dominance of the energy mark [...]

    11. The new Cold War is a right wing perspective on the threat that Russia plays to its neighbors and the west in the coming years. It focuses on the politics of Russia and how Putin has come to dominate the scene bringing a stability that has not been seen since before Gorbachev. Russia is in possession of a vast energy market and while not the military threat it once was it is terrorizing its neighbors in new ways. From Estonia to central republics of Asia the sleeping bear is rising one again. Th [...]

    12. The book is extremely biased against Putin. Most of the material used to write the book was harvested from the Economist magazine and Financial Times newspapers-sister publications I must say-no real difference between the two. There nothing new in the book and that is disappointing given that Edward Lukas claims at being a former diplomat. I was expecting some inside track information that most of us (the public) don’t have easy access. The author could not hide his resentment of Russia and P [...]

    13. I thought the new cold war was a interesting book the thing Vladimir Putin is doing to his country is crazy he is ruining his country by messing with Ukraine by taking Crimea he hops to build the old soviet union witch will not happen when the us intervenes this book will take you into to Russia see how the civilians are being treated there see how he is trying to be a tyrant he is ruining his economy by not listing he got kicked out of the g8 now it is the g7 he wont listen he is going to bring [...]

    14. Impeccable scholarship marks this account of the new Russian order. Russia is indeed emerging as a formidable power: rich in resources, full of ambitions from yesteryears and incredibly adaptive in merging capitalism with autocratic government. The author, Edward Lucas, is a regular columnist for The Economist and shows great depth in his understanding of the Baltic region. A good read for those interested in foreign affairs.

    15. quite interesting book so far (about 80 pages in) and even though his style is really engaging, the way he demostrates his points is a bit ambigious, especially about putin's rise to power: he doen't actually explain it but gives a very detailed account of everything else that was going on. still, i have high hopes for the book and it echoes quite a lot of what has been going on lately, especially with the censorship of the media that i read about last week in newsweek.

    16. Great book, very well written. The book was published in 2008 as a warning against Russian actions in Georgia and Ukraine and the rise of Putin, and many argue that the authors warnings proved correct when looking at the events unfolding in Ukraine now and in Syria. The book is easy to read and offers a wealth of information on Russia's gas and oil politics, and kremlins strategy to divide America from Europe. Highly recommended.

    17. Written in 2008 by a former Economist correspondent, The New Cold War does a good job of describing the corrupt, undemocratic government of Vladimir Putin. For someone who is not a Russian specialist, this book helped me realize the enormous amount of cronyism in Russia today. Unfortunately, the book is weighed down by rattling off too many facts and not providing enough historical context. Also, the writing was a bit heavy. In any case, a decent book.

    18. This book is very timely and predicted current events in Ukraine. Published in 2008 by The Economist's Russia bureau chief, it explains Russia's ongoing backslide from budding democracy to paranoid fascist autocracy. We can expect more Russia-fomented trouble on her borders as a diversion from the effects of low oil prices and sanctions. A chilling book that all should read.

    19. Reading this book will make you sad. Especially if you live in central or east Europe . But is really interesting to read book from 2007 now, you see where is author right where wrong. There is a lot interesting information.

    20. An interesting view of the Kremlin and Putin, but first published in 2008 this may now be a bit out of date - in the sense that things are more autocratic and worrying than they were even back then. Certainly sends a slight chill down the spine.

    21. Lucas has a point of view and will hammer you with it until you agree with him. Not a great deal of substance beyond the propaganda. Then again,it may just be that we fail to see eye-to-eye on almost every issue he brings up in the book.

    22. Lucas obviously knows his stuff, but I felt like (even knowing what we know now) he exaggerates often and poses a very biased argument. While I did learn a lot and recognize that Mr. Lucas is an expert on the topic, I would have appreciated a more balanced viewpoint.

    23. The author produces an indictment against the EU for not being able to form an energy, foreign and military policy to cope effectively with Russia and it's political ambitions. 5 years later the author has the right to say "told you so" Europe

    24. This book, while containing some very good and sound observations, it hopelessly out of date by this time. So, don't bother.

    25. I read this back in 2010 and it confirmed my view on Putin's Russia. Now it would have a nice "I told you so" cling to it. It is not so easy to accuse Lucas of scaremongering nowadays.

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