Colucci: Russia’s foreign policy working better than Obama’s

Lamont Colucci, associate professor and chair of the politics and government department, recently published an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report. In “Russia Keeps Winning,” Colucci writes that Russian foreign policy is putting America’s to shame.
He writes that if anything can characterize the Obama foreign policy, it would be the phrase “the Grand Retreat.” It is often illustrated by propagandizing to the American electorate that it faces only two choices in any given foreign policy situation, both of which lack good outcomes for the United States; one is then characterized as better than the other.”

This was the case in the Iran deal, he writes.

President Vladimir Putin’s Russia has outmaneuvered Obama’s administration five times, he says. “It is a hard pill to swallow when one has to admit that Russian ‘diplomacy’ is more skilled than America’s,” Colucci writes. “On the other hand, this is hardly a mystery: Russian and Soviet foreign policy was always controlled by cold-eyed realists who see lives as statistics, time as a temporary impediment and boundaries as interim fictions.”

He says Russia has been successful for two basic reasons: Russia’s foreign policy is based on a cold calculation of Russian national interests abroad; and Russia has clear goals of where it wants to be at the end of these diplomatic exercises.”

“It is time the Obama administration matches the bear and goes on the offensive to a victory that represents not only what is best for the United States, but the civilians of the entire region who are the real victims of this Russian-Iranian chess game,” Colucci concludes.

The full article can be read here.


Related Posts

Timothy Reed

Professor of Spanish Timothy Reed publishes new journal article

An article by Professor of Spanish Timothy Reed is published in the spring issue of Hispanic Journal. “Garden Imagery, Hauntology, and the Semiotic in Adelaida […]

Brian Bockelman

Brian Bockelman awarded residential fellowship at Harvard-owned research center

Brian Bockelman, professor of history and interim director of strategic initiatives, has been awarded a residential fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, a Harvard-owned estate, museum and […]

Soren Hauge

Soren Hauge interviewed about recent interest rate hikes

Soren Hauge, professor of economics, spoke Thursday, June 16, for Spectrum News 1, a statewide news and information network. He discussed key interest rate hikes […]

Travis Nygard with book cover

Travis Nygard has chapter in newly published book

Associate Professor of Art Travis Nygard has a chapter in the new book A Companion to American Agricultural History, edited by Douglas Hurt and released […]

Lamont Colucci