The United States is not entering a new Cold War with Russia, but rather a Cold Peace, according to Peter Katzenstein, Cornell’s Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Today’s U.S. Cold War rhetoric comes from both sides of the political spectrum, with the right calling for a militarized foreign policy approach, including direct military assistance to Ukraine, Katzenstein said. He warned that the United States is not the major player in a regional European conflict. Russia and Germany together approaching the crisis in Ukraine in ways that are uncomfortable for American politicians.
“Throughout the Cold War, Germany disagreed fundamentally with the United States about the nature of relations with the Soviet Union,” Katzenstein argued during a Sept. 10 lecture marking the 45th anniversary of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (formerly the Peace Studies Program), begun in 1970 by professors George Quester and Richard Rosecrance.