Every American president since the end of the Cold War has called for better relations with Russia. But each has seen relations get worse by the time he left office. Now the two countries are facing off in a virtual war being fought without clear goals or boundaries.
Why? Many say it is because Washington has been slow to wake up to Russian efforts to destroy democracy in America and the world.
But a former head of Russia analysis at the CIA says that this misunderstands the problem. George Beebe argues that new game-changing technologies, disappearing rules of the game, and distorted perceptions on both sides are combining to lock Washington and Moscow into an escalatory spiral that they do not recognize. All the pieces are in place for a World War I-type tragedy that could be triggered by a small, unpredictable event. The Russia Trap shows that anticipating this danger is the most important step in preventing it.
“A must read for anyone who cares about our nation's security in these cyber-serious, hair-trigger times.”—Susan Eisenhower
"At a time when Russia is politically radioactive, George Beebe has the courage to dive deep into the complexity of factors driving U.S.-Russian relations to explain why the two countries need not and should not be enemies."—Graham Allision, author of the bestselling Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydide's Trap?
"In a time when thoughtful argument on the U.S.-Russia relationship is sorely needed, George Beebe has made an insightful and well-written contributing to our national discourse on this fateful subject."—Henry A. Kissinger
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