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Global Trends, Today’s Bizarre Geopolitics, and What It Means for Russia and the World

Vladimir Orlov

A century after the First World War began, Europe – in a broader meaning of a Euro-Atlantic space from Vancouver to Vladivostok – and its security are now shaken by the New Cold War. It is a bizarre cold war as the bipolar world order – the type of world order accustomed to cold war – was gone 25 years ago. It is a new era of multistakeholder-cold-war.

The fact it is bizarre does not make it less dangerous than the “traditional” cold war of the past. Finally, the same actors as 25 years ago still have nukes. Unlike 25 years ago, though, they have most sophisticated types of lethal and non-lethal weapons. This cold war is not just a post-Ukraine-crisis hangover episode. We should get prepared for a long, shaky and chilly period of political instability and conflict.


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Security Index No. 2 (107) Spring 2014