For a time, Vladimir Putin seemed to have outmaneuvered the rest of the world. When he snatched a chunk of Ukraine and the great powers did nothing, Putin appeared strong, while the hand-wringing West appeared inept. Half a decade later, however, Putin’s strategic acumen looks less acute that it once did, Lawrence Freedman argues in this concise post-mortem. The experts thought Putin was playing chess. In truth, Freedman asserts, Putin was playing a game closer to his heart: judo – a sport where the sudden takedown is far more important than the long-term consequences of any action.
About the Author
Sir Lawrence Freedman is emeritus professor of war studies at King’s College London. His previous books include Strategy: A History and The Future of War: A History.
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11 months agoFollowing the current situation in which Russia is invading Ukraine, I have come to realize, over the course of these days, how militarily weak the Russian army actually is and how Putin is literally destroying his own people without even realizing. His little smirks of superiority and Russian pride that he is showing off to the world will soon fade away. His dementia-based behaviour will come to an end in no-time. There is no purgatory for war criminals. Slava Ukraine!