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  • These are the members of NATO,

  • a military alliance formed in 1949

  • to protect European countries

  • against the Soviet Union.

  • Only a strong defensive alliance

  • could deter them from further adventures.”

  • NATO now includes 29 countries,

  • including three that are former Soviet states.

  • Estonia

  • Latvia

  • Lituania.”

  • The Soviet Union may have collapsed,

  • but Russia is still trying to wield influence

  • over the region and undermine nations who get in its way.

  • How?

  • By trying to destabilize America and Europe,

  • and damage their relationship.

  • The goal: to weaken alliances

  • so Russia can more freely pursue its interests.

  • From cybermeddling to mind games,

  • here's how the country and its leader, Vladimir Putin,

  • excel at geostrategic trolling.

  • One tactic?

  • The method:

  • Invade a foreign nation,

  • reject the outcry

  • and hold the territory.

  • Exhibit A:

  • Just as Ukraine was embarking

  • on a pro-Western course and possibly joining NATO,

  • Russian-backed rebels seized Crimea.

  • They've been there ever since.

  • And Russia even built a massive bridge

  • to connect to the area.

  • Method:

  • Stoke instability,

  • claim innocence.

  • Exhibit A:

  • Little green men.”

  • Russia claimed the insignia-free forces

  • who took over strategic locations in Crimea

  • were not the Russian military, but instead

  • wereseparatists.”

  • Putin eventually admitted that the men were his troops,

  • once Crimea was under control.

  • Method:

  • Posture the military in provocative ways.

  • Exhibit A:

  • Deploying next generation nuclear-capable missiles

  • at NATO's doorstep.

  • Method:

  • Undermine elections,

  • trigger power outages

  • Ukraine.”

  • leak emails.

  • Exhibit A:

  • Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear.

  • These were Russia-linked hacking entities accused

  • of attacking America's elections.

  • The U.S. has indicted 12 Russian military officials

  • for the interference.

  • Use soft power to hide ugly truths.

  • Method:

  • Host international sporting events

  • to show you're a good global citizen.

  • Exhibit A: the World Cup,

  • which allows Russia to gloss over charges

  • of human rights abuses and international isolation.

  • Method:

  • Find a useful megaphone for your message.

  • Exhibit A: Donald Trump.

  • The U.S. president has been reluctant

  • to criticize Putin for his country's actions.

  • And I might even end up having a good relationship,

  • but they're going:

  • 'President Putin is K.G.B,' and

  • you know what, Putin's fine.”

  • That's made it easier for Russia

  • to achieve its aim of weakening the world order.

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    Samuel posted on 2018/07/17
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