U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Russia Lacks Credibility

  • September 17, 2016
  • Colonel Ryan Blaine Wolfgram

Russia’s strategic approach is complicated and uses an ambiguous form of warfare centered on non-military means to achieve its political ends. This makes it difficult for the U.S. to produce a coherent and synchronized foreign policy that can provide clear direction for actions to counter Russian aggression. During an interview with a member in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for policy this comment was provided, “Policy is all over the place, coexists, and is sometimes contradictory and more often tangential.” An example is the U.S. effort to counter Vladimir Putin’s continued desire to extend his sphere of interest through the annexation of countries in his national interest. This window for the Baltic States to remain untouched by Russia’s aggression is quickly closing and the U.S. opportunity to enact a policy of action is now.