“Putin Has No Game”

In an article for Business Insider, Brett Logiurato cites senior U.S. officials who argue that Russian president Vladimir Putin has no soft-power game: “so he’s left with hard power.” As seen in the current events in Crimea, Putin is brazenly continuing along the path of brutish force, not bothering with diplomatic finess.

The article goes on, however, to argue that perhaps it is not Putin who has an issue with credibility, but rather Obama. Clearly Russia has not been convinced via soft-power channels or promises of hard power action to back down, which calls into question the U.S.’ reputation.

It will be interesting to see in the coming weeks if diplomacy will win-out over military force.


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