In this first edition of the Russian Newspaper Monitor, a new weekly show produced by Newsbud, Professor Filip Kovacevic gives an overview of the Russian newspaper media scene. He also discusses the front-page news stories from Rossiyskaya Gazeta (RG), Izvestia, Kommersant, Pravda and Komsomolskaya Pravda on a whole variety of topics, including the Russian view of the U.S. policy in Syria, Putin’s visit to Kazakhstan, the new generation of Russian strategic bomber aircraft patrolling the Pacific, the Russian military draft, and the political positions of the Russian Communist Party. Come and join us in this one-of-a-kind overview of Russian media landscape, and what’s been cooking there this past week.
The United States has long been a target of hybrid warfare by states seeking to disrupt or influence U.S. decision-making. Hostile activities can be categorized under four paradigms: nullification of political actors – creating discord within a constituency so that it cannot effectively unify around a policy, or undercutting the credibility of a prominent policymaker who champions unwanted outcomes; assistance to anti-government movements – identifying elements in society which are willing to attack (rather than participate in) the policymaking process with vitriol or violence; fomenting distrust of the U.S. policymaking process, in order to sap its legitimacy; and appearing to fill needs / wants that the U.S. government cannot and thereby supplanting the U.S. government in a specific area. (Of course the countries that have been most active in this area – Cuba and Venezuela – have been unable to sustain their own states.)
Relations between Russia and NATO are deteriorating. Kremlin foreign policy advisor Sergey Karaganov speaks with SPIEGEL about the risk of war, NATO’s aggressive posturing and the West’s inability to understand Russian values.
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