Stephen F. Cohen and Michael A. McFaul debate who is responsible for the confrontation.
In this video, Stephen F. Cohen and Michael A. McFaul conduct a debate called “The New U.S.-Russian Cold War—Who Is To Blame?” It originally took place on May 9, 2018 and was held by the Harriman Institute and New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. It provides a superb guide to some of the most controversial issues surrounding the U.S.-Russia relationship, both in the past and the present.
Cohen is a prominent historian who regularly comments on U.S.-Russia relations. His sweeping and forceful critiques, which are grounded in a close study of the Russian past, have often provoked discussion and debate both during the cold war and today. His biography Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution, which suggested that the rise of Stalinism was not inevitable, has become a classic work. Cohen is professor emeritus of Russian studies, history, and politics at New York University and Princeton University. A Nation magazine contributing editor, his recent book, Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War, is available in paperback from Columbia University Press. Cohen told Slate in May 2017 that he laments the “utter demonization of Putin in this country. It is just beyond anything that the American political elite ever said about Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and the rest. If you demonize the other side, it makes negotiating harder.”