The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America’s Crisis of Leadership

While America’s influence around the world recedes—in its military and diplomatic power, in its political leverage, in its economic might, and perhaps most dangerously, in the power and appeal of its ideas—Russia and China have seen their influence increase. From their support for rogue regimes like those in Iran, North Korea, and Syria to their military and nuclear buildups to their aggressive use of cyber-warfare and intelligence theft, Moscow and Beijing are playing the game for keeps—while America, pledged to “leading from behind,” no longer does much leading at all. In their book, A New Cold War, Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan systematically chronicle the growing threat from the Russian-Chinese Axis, and they argue that only a rebirth of American leadership in the world can counter the corrosive impact of this antidemocratic alliance, which may soon threaten the peace and security of the world.

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