Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Putin on the March By Doug Schoen

The Russian President's Unchecked Global Advance

By Douglas E. Schoen

In his 2016 book, Putin’s Master Plan, Doug Schoen warned of the Russian president’s grand vision to expand his country’s influence around the world, especially in Eastern Europe, while destabilizing the Western alliance and delegitimizing the very principles of free societies - and especially the political model of democracy’s exemplar, the United States. Now, in his follow-up, Putin on the March, Schoen tells us Vladimir Putin is winning. Schoen brings the story up to date, warning that Putin’s mission is no abstraction but rather an active, ongoing campaign, and one that the Russian president has pursued with far more successes than setbacks. And Schoen warns again that the U.S. continues to lack a coherent plan for combating Russian aggression, political intrigue - including the cyberwarfare that has upended American politics - and the communications and propaganda offensive that seems continually to keep the Western democracies off balance.

In Putin on the March, you’ll learn about:

·     Russia’s ongoing aggression and its petro-politics;
·     The forming of the new Russian empire;
·     Russia’s backroom dealings;
·     Espionage: spies, leaks and cyberwarfare; and
·     How we can fight back, countering Russian aggression, with closer allies, clearer goals and empowering cyber-counterintelligence

In Putin on the March, Doug Schoen examines Russian moves across a range of geopolitical areas, including Moscow’s sustained menacing of its Eastern European neighbors, especially Ukraine, and analyzes Russia’s current posture regarding energy markets, the diplomatic situation, espionage and cyberwarfare, and Moscow-Washington relations. This follow-up reveals that Schoen’s previous warnings have been borne out. Under Putin’s leadership, Russia is achieving success in the three key areas in which it needs to prevail: foreign policy; control of Russian internal politics; and keeping the U.S. confused, demoralized, and even destabilized. Those who dismiss Putin’s behavior as unsustainable or reckless overlook the fundamental truth: he is getting away with it, and the more he gets away with, and the longer he does, the stronger he becomes - especially as the Western democracies grow more fractured both from their own internal problems and from lack of consensus on how to respond.

About the Author: Democratic Strategist, Fox News analyst and best-selling author, Doug Schoen, has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for over thirty years. Doug has advised President Bill Clinton, numerous governors and senators as well as NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. [more...]

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