Are we on the verge of World War III? VICE saves the most urgent and complex issue they’ve ever investigated for last. In tonight’s Season 3 finale, we see founder Shane Smith and correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travel to Russia to examine whether or not we’re entering into another Cold War. The U.S. figured out a solution to this problem back in the 1990’s when the Cold War ended, so why has it flared up again and what’s being done on both sides to stoke this fire? It’s clear that war rhetoric — from both sides — is causing tensions to escalate, which is incredibly dangerous considering the United States and Russia have amassed 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons. This mood of confrontation could potentially lead to a complete collapse in our relationship with Russia and maybe even mutually assured destruction.
“Cold War 2.0” synopsis, from HBO:
For 45 years, America was locked in the Cold War with the Soviet Union and fear of global nuclear annihilation was constant. The end of the Cold War in 1991 was supposed to usher in a new era of peace and cooperation, but it didn’t last. Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have been simmering for years. And now, the conflict in Ukraine has pushed the relationship to the brink of full-blown crisis. In this expanded special report, VICE Founder Shane Smith meets Kremlin officials and American leaders to figure out what’s really driving the new standoff between the powers, while correspondent Simon Ostrovsky reports from the front lines of the bloody war in Eastern Ukraine. The episode includes interviews with:
– President Barack Obama
– Vice President Joe Biden
– Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland
– Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov
– Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin
– Press Spokesman for the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov
– Head of the foreign-affairs committee in the State Duma Aleksey Pushkov
– Editor in Chief of Russia Today Margarita Simonyan
– President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania
The season 3 finale of VICE airs Friday, June 26th at 11/10c on HBO.
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