We can support our ally in a low-key manner and quietly carry a big stick, while looking patiently for information that will help determine what really happened with Skripal.
The election will help Russia’s elites gauge how much power Putin really has.
From Eisenhower to Trump, the intelligence community has always struggled with its political role.
The United States and Russia remain capable of limited cooperation in areas where their interests overlap, despite their deep mutual suspicions.
We should be wary of conflating Moscow’s desire to change our international behavior with an intent to destroy our nation.
Misinterpreting Russian signals is the most immediate danger to the United States as the White House considers next steps.
The situation may have to get worse before cooler heads start to prevail.
It isn’t difficult to compile a list of countries whose interests would be served by stoking tensions between Russia and the West.
The conclusion that Russia hacked its way toward a Trump victory is no slam dunk, despite its plausibility.
"Working quickly with Riyadh to craft the outlines of a compromise settlement in Syria could shift the diplomatic spotlight from Moscow to Washington while reassuring Riyadh that the U.S. is still the region’s dominant outside power."
"We should not allow our ambivalence about Russia and its support for what we recognize as Assad’s murderous, thuggish regime in Syria to overshadow our urgent need to defeat a common enemy in ISIS."
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