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Moscow, Feb. 8, 2008: Russian President Vladimir Putin argued before the State Council that Russia badly needed a new strategy for developing its armed forces (source: dpa)

New doctrine shows Russia willing and able to use force

On New Year’s Eve, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on an updated national security strategy. Its tone matches the deterioration in Russia’s relations with the West. Compared with the 2014 version, two features stand out. NATO is now presented as an adversary rather than a rival, and the instigation of so-called “color revolutions” has been elevated to t...

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