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Q. Proxy war between USA and Russia: Ongoing proxy war between America and Russia reminds cold war tensions. Comment.
Oct 15, 2016 Related to : GS Paper-2

Ans :


Currently two greatest military powers of the time, USA and Russia are fighting proxy wars in Ukraine and Syria. The ongoing allegations and counter-allegations on a host of issues, ranging from human rights violations and breaking international norms to interfering in each other’s domestic politics have created cold war like tensions.


  • On various accounts like Ukraine, Syria both countries are fighting proxy wars against each other.
  • Russia has abandoned a key nuclear disarmament treaty with USA, demanding the removal of sanctions on it.
  • Similarly, America has pulled out of talks with Russia over the Syrian conflict.
  • The aggressive activities and non-compromising nature are any indication, then international politics is set to get a lot more murky.


  • Though there are various reasons for current escalations, but the real problem is that the Cold War-era mistrust between both countries was never really buried.
  • Friction has been increasingly evident, as Russia pursued an aggressive foreign policy framed around what he regards as Russian interests, which was seen in case of Georgia in 2008, Ukraine in 2014 and Syria in 2015-16.
  • Similarly America’s coercive diplomacy in dealing with Russia’s aggression has widened the rift. For ex. suspension of Russia from the G8.
  • Tensions came to a head this month when the America pulled out of talks with Russia over the Syria conflict.

What’s next- 

  • Though the power of Russia is limited in comparison to the USA, but in an international system largely dominated by the USA and Russia, still an extremely consequential military power, remains the key player whose cooperation is necessary to resolve several of today’s crises.
  • Hence the westerns powers should not isolate Russia by calling it as rogue state, else it will be counterproductive move, and it may create more complexities in international politics.
  • International issues could be resolved by Russia and the USA by working together with creative diplomacy. Hence both countries must resolve issues amicably by negotiations.


Ongoing tensions between USA and Russia recounts the cold war times. The aggressive and non-compromising attitude of both countries have created various complexities, which has been seen in Syria, Ukraine etc. It may escalate further, hence there is an urgent need to address this issue through creative diplomacy.

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