The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear Catastrophe

The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear Catastrophe

by George S. Beebe


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“A must read for anyone who cares about our nation's security in these cyber-serious, hair-trigger times.” – Susan Eisenhower

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250316622
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 194,919
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

GEORGE S. BEEBE is the Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for the National Interest, a non-partisan thinktank in Washington, D.C. He served in the US government for nearly twenty-five years, including as director of Russia analysis at CIA and as a White House adviser on Russia matters for Vice President Dick Cheney. He lives in northern Virginia.

Table of Contents



Part I

Analysis: Understanding the Problem

1. War by Other Means

2. Deadly Perceptions

3. Brake Failure

4. Triggers

Part II

Synthesis: Managing the Problem

5. Escaping the Simplicity Trap

6. Absorbing the Shocks

7. Working the System





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