The title of the article is Pinning Down Putin / How a Confident America Should Deal With Russia. The famous historian Andrey Fursov on his YouTube channel gave a detailed commentary on this.
“I must say that Foreign Affairs is a publication closely tied to the Democratic Party. It is a magazine that reflects the globalist agenda. The appearance of Victoria Nuland's article in it is a very interesting episode.
I will not retell the entire article, I will note its main points.
One of the main thoughts of the article is that not only and not so much Putin should shape the worldview of young Russians, but also the United States.
According to Nuland, this should be done by directly addressing Russians, especially young people living in big cities, through social networks - that is, as it was done to set fire to the "Arab Spring"; with the help of educational programs, internships for young Russians in American universities and business structures.
And Nuland says that, of course, today young people in Russia will not rebel against Putin, but it takes time and work.
That is, in general, the position that it is necessary to prepare our youth for an uprising against the government is stated in an open text.
She advised Nuland that Russia has passed a law on foreign agents, which drastically reduces the space for (Western) propaganda maneuver here in Russia.
And she called for an information war against Russia with the help of an army of trolls, while denying any involvement in this army.
At the same time, she considers it necessary to block Russia's attempts to bring its information to the residents of Western countries.
The main thing, she says, is to combine the carrot-and-stick method and strengthen sanctions. And cooperation with Russia is possible only from a position of strength.
A few words about Nuland, who she is.
Under Obama, she was Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Her grandfather Nudelman came to the United States from Bessarabia at the very beginning of the 20th century. Her father also bore the name Nudelman, and then he became Nuland.
Nudelman-Nuland herself studied at Brown University and had a specialization in Russia. She speaks Russian and French.
After graduating from university, she did her internship in 1982 as a pioneer leader in the Young Guard camp near Odessa.
Then, in 1984, she worked for eight months as a translator on a Soviet fishing boat. Then she was transferred to China, and in 1991-1993 she worked at the (US) embassy in Moscow.
Well, then she has this path: and the US representative to NATO; she was very active in the events in Ukraine, in 2014 she came to Ukraine every two to three weeks, she became famous there most of all for distributing cookies.
And we must regretfully admit that American cookies outweighed the 15 billion dollars that the Russian Federation gave out to Ukraine at one time.
This once again speaks of how ineffective Russian diplomacy was, and in general the policy of the Russian ruling regime in relation to Ukraine.
Crimea is just a point won in a lost game.
Nuland's husband is Robert Kagan, a well-known neo-conservative, one of the authors of the New American Century project.
Nuland is a classic example of an American specialist in Eastern Europe and Russia.
Russia in the United States is very often occupied by people whose ancestors, grandparents or parents came from Eastern Europe to Russia. It is clear that most of these people, naturally, do not like Russia and the socialist part of Eastern Europe.
Moreover, part of the American establishment is from Eastern Europe who hate Russia. With all the ensuing consequences.
That's all that Nuland wrote about, says where our opponents, geopolitical foes, see Russia's vulnerabilities.
So where are these vulnerabilities?
First of all, this is our current education system, which is tailored according to Western patterns, through which Western interests and a Western view of the world come to us, which young people are beginning to look at.
In addition, our current education system absolutely does not develop critical thinking, critical analysis, therefore, all the Western propaganda that goes to the country, it does not meet with the resistance of young people, especially since they are taught values that are not at all local.
And this is not critical thinking that is developed by the current education system, moreover, it is focused on consumption and not on creativity, as our then Minister of Education Fursenko announced 15 years ago, that is, it also does not contribute to the formation of a critical view of the world.
Because if the main thing is consumerism, then you need to look where there are more consumer goods. It's good there.
And one more vulnerable point of Russia, of course, is weak social elevators.
And this is a consequence of the weak social system that we have. As well as education, which is also a consequence of our social system.
That is, it turns out that our entire social system is vulnerable to the measures that Victoria Nuland speaks of.
Tyutchev once said that Russia is such an Achilles with a heel everywhere.
I don't know how much this correlated with Russia during the time of Nicholas I, I think Tyutchev was still exaggerating, Russia at that time - especially in the 1830s - was a rather cool country, the hegemon of continental Europe.
But in relation to the Russian Federation, this phrase, in my opinion, works very, very well, it is adequate. The current Russian Federation is Achilles, where the heel is everywhere.
And our country, of course, will remain like this Achilles, while the mausoleum during parades will be hung with various banners, while the Victory Banner will follow the tricolor, and not precede it, and until we ourselves put things in order about what we say about our past - first of all, about the Soviet, and about many other things.
With the expectation that we will not put this in order, Nuland wrote her article and gave some instructions to the American establishment where the vulnerabilities of the Russian Federation are and where to strike.
Well, well: we need to thank her for showing us these vulnerabilities of ours, take note of this and begin to eliminate these places. Taking into account, that there is not much time left for it”.
*Foreign Affairs provides this reference about Nuland: "VICTORIA NULAND is Senior Counselor at the Albright Stonebridge Group and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She served in the U.S. State Department from 1984 to 2017, including as Ambassador to NATO from 2005 to 2008 and as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2013 to 2017".