Putin is channeling Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War, responsiblestatecraft.org

David Kaiser has taught history and strategy at Harvard, Carnegie Mellon

In college and graduate school from 1965 until 1976, I and many other students learned a great deal about the origins of three worldwide struggles: the two world wars and the ongoing Cold War. Perhaps a dearth of that kind of learning is why no one is talking about the real historical parallel to the current crisis over Ukraine: the Berlin crisis of 1958-1962.

Western leaders and the press see Putin’s threats towards Ukraine the way they saw Nikita Khrushchev’s threats towards West Berlin:  as a possible imminent territorial grab. In fact, Khrushchev did not want war or new territory, and Putin may not either.  Putin, like Khrushchev, may be using a western military vulnerability for two purposes: to sow dissension in the western alliance and to force NATO to drop pretensions they see as a threat to their security. Läs artikel