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U.S. and NATO dealing with an "emboldened Putin"

Released: 3-Sep-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: Indiana University
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Newswise — Lee Feinstein, dean of the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies, said the United States and its allies need to be careful not to play into Putin's hand.

"The failure of the United Stated and Europe to speak with one voice has emboldened Putin," said Feinstein, a former senior official in the Obama and Clinton administrations and former U.S. ambassador to Poland. "Europe remains divided on how to respond to Russian provocations, challenging trans-Atlantic unity and the credibility of NATO's security guarantee.

"The EU's decision to appoint a Pole to its highest position is intended to send a signal of EU resolve in dealing with Russian aggression in Ukraine. But while Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk may be hawkish on Russia, he also has a pragmatic streak, which is why he is a good choice to lead the EU now."

Arrangements for phone interviews with Feinstein can be made through Joanna Davis at 812-855-7270 or joedavis@indiana.edu or George Vlahakis at 812-855-0846 or vlahakis@iu.edu.

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