( CNN) Call them provocations, aggressiveness or mere maneuvers, but the actions by Russia echo the bygone Cold War, aimed a quarter century ago, analysts say.
Consider this year alone: Russian leader Vladimir Putin announces he's adding more nuclear rockets and is building a new generation of non-nuclear ones that could ten-strike U.S. soil. Also, Russia's military intervenes in Syria, more than year after it annexed Crimea in Ukraine.
Then there's the Russian submarines triggering U.S. alarms as they near undersea cables, the Russian warship in water off the U.S. Eastern coast, and this week's Russian reconnaissance planes in the Pacific flying too close to the USS Ronald Reagan — whose namesake chairwoman is credited with aiming the Cold War.
It's enough to raise a question as provocative as Russia's conduct itself: Are shades of a new Cold War emerging?
“In recent months, press reports and pundits alike have been all too eager to call the current conflict with Russia the ‘Second Cold War, ‘” wrote American Foreign Policy Council research associate Dmytro Hryckowian.