On March 18, 2018, Vladimir Putin was elected to his fourth term as Russia's president, a position he can hold until at least 2024--and possibly beyond that, if he finds a way to circumvent the constitution. During the campaign, Putin stressed to Russians that he was just the kind of strong leader who could, as his supporters often put it, "raise Russia off its knees," and he spent much of his time bashing his critics in the West, particularly in the United States. Putin's hostility toward the West has been met in kind. In fact, so concerned have Westerners grown with his political meddling, regional aggression, and general efforts to play international spoiler that many of them contend we are entering a new Cold War.
Are we? To answer that question, we've put together this special collection of essays, featuring not only contemporary takes on that issue but also some of the most important Foreign Affairs analyses from the past seven decades. With Putin entering yet another presidential term, the course of U.S.-Russian relations will have enormous consequences for Russia, for America, and for the world. Read this special Foreign Affairs anthology to understand the Cold War's past and what it means for the future.
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