ON-Lion Letter
Vladimir Putin has a master plan to divide Europe, destroy NATO, reclaim Russian influence in the world, and most of all to marginalize the United States and the West in order to achieve regional hegemony and global power.  Until now, Putin's unified strategy and vision for Europe has not been thoroughly discussed or articulated in any meaningful way.  Douglas E. Schoen's Putin's Master Plan:  To Destroy Europe, Divide NATO, and Restore Russian Power and Global Influence, forthcoming from Encounter Books, is the first comprehensive attempt to systematically explain Putin's global strategy that could inevitably and inexorably lead to the breakup of the NATO alliance and potentially to war with the West. 

Schoen has been one of the most-influential Democratic campaign consultants for more than 30 years.

According to Schoen, the West has no strategy, no plan, and no tactics to confront Putin's master plan other than limited economic sanctions, which have done little to deter Putin's aggression -- and may well have encouraged and facilitated it.  This is not just alarmism, but an accurate and for the first time clear, sober portrayal of a frightening situation that more and more serious observers of European and Russian politics are openly recognizing and acknowledging.

Putin's Master Plan makes the case that it is essential to wake up to Putin's strategy to divide Europe, destroy NATO, and build a new empire in the former Soviet Union.  Russia has demonstrated an extraordinary level of aggression, most boldly by its outright invasions of Georgia and Ukraine.  

Russia’s terrified neighbors have been left without an alternative to Russian domination by American weakness and a divided Europe, and even once-stalwart American allies such as Georgia are on the brink of becoming part of Putin's new empire in Europe.  Putin has made it clear that he sees NATO expansion as a fundamental threat to Russian nationhood, and he is systematically challenging the NATO alliance as well as the United States.  

So far, he is winning.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit organization that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.
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