That’s what US President Barack Obama accuses Vladimir Putin of “slipping back” into when asked about the Russian government’s decision to extend political asylum to American whistleblower Edward Snowden instead of handing him over, no questions asked, to a country Russia has no extradition treaty with.
I agree that some people are engaged in trying to bring the Cold War back, but I’m not so sure that it’s the Russians.
During the Cold War, the US and USSR jockeyed for good missile detection and launch position globally. These days, only one of those two countries seems fixated on building “missile shields” across eastern Europe. Hint: It’s not the USSR.
During the Cold War, the US government took a dim view of USSR-backed insurgencies in Latin America and the Caribbean. These days it’s the US government backing insurgencies in the Eastern Europe and the Middle East, including the rebellion against Russia’s ally, Bashar al-Assad of Syria.
During the Cold War, both sides engaged in “hot” wars via proxies (Korea, Vietnam, etc.). In the 21st century, only one such proxy war stands out: US support — including saber-rattling versus Russia — for Georgia’s invasion of Russian-allied South Ossetia.
I carry no particular brief for the Putin regime, but that regime seems a lot less Cold War-like than its US counterparts of the last decade.