Not the defeat of the West but double decoupling is the strategic goal of Russia

European Values Think-Tank presents a new report from its Security Strategies Program, authored by Martin Svárovský.

 In the 70’s and 80’s West Germany spent an average of 3,4% of its GDP on defense. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an Evil Empire. Today the military doctrine, capabilities, exercises and statements of its leadership qualify Russia as an adversary. Nevertheless, we are not in a Cold War any more. Still, for military or civilian strategists whose task is to care about preparedness of their states, there are similarities between the Cold War period and today.

Report available in PDF.