Russia's recent diplomatic successes in Syria and Iran, together with foreign-policy missteps by U.S. President Barack Obama, have emboldened President Vladimir Putin in his drive to position Russia as capable of challenging American exceptionalism and Western universalism.
Twenty-five years ago, U.S. President Ronald Reagan stunned the world and his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, by proposing the comprehensive elimination of all nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, the skepticism of the U.S. defense establishment nipped this bold move in the bud. That was a tragic missed opportunity that might have had truly global meaning.
If energy security means the availability of sufficient supply at affordable prices, then the real security problem comes from a cartel-based price system that dictates artificially high prices that could never exist in a competitive market.