Moscow Times Op-Ed by Lincoln Mitchell and Tinatin Japaridze (MARS)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lincoln Mitchell (Adjunct Associate Research Scholar) and Tinatin Japaridze (Harriman MARS student) published an op-ed in the Moscow Times, titled "When the Russian Dog Finally Caught up With the American Car" (Sept. 26, 2018).

From the opening paragraphs:

In November of 2016, Russia found itself in the position not unlike that of the dog who, after years of trying, has finally caught up with the car. For much of the last decade, Russia worked to restrain American power, roll back U.S. hegemony and disrupt international systems and structures created mostly by the United States. By intervening in the American election in 2016, Russia finally achieved this goal. But Russia is now not sure what to do with the American Cadillac into which it has finally sunk its teeth.
By helping Donald Trump become President of the United States and by sowing distrust and division in American political life, Russia has achieved an important goal. Trump's presidency has led to an America which is less engaged in the rest of the world. Although Washington is still hawkish and committed to a strong military, it is an America being led by an erratic president and where domestic instability is growing. Trump’s complex web of relationships with Moscow only make all of these Russian gains more acute.