Friday, 15 August, 2008
Here's Emily with details of tonight's programme:
The New Cold War?
"We were screaming to the world that Russia was going to do this... We are looking evil directly in the eye - this evil is very dangerous not only for us but for everybody."
Impassioned words from President Saakashvili of Georgia, this afternoon, whilst a calm Condoleezza Rice stood at his side. She reiterated her own warning to Russia, that it was "no longer 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia". The world, she hinted, was not prepared to stand by and watch.
In Sochi, Russia, President Medvedev said Russia would respond in the same way if its citizens or peacekeepers were attacked again, although it did not wish to sour relations with the West.
Is that possible? Is the damage already done? Or would Russia be right to think the West will ultimately be ineffectual in its attempts to stop the superpower or to isolate it? Tonight, we ask - how could we not - if there's a new Cold War brewing.
Our Economics Editor Paul Mason will be looking at what political isolation would do to a major economic power like Russia, and our diplomatic correspondent assesses the longer term fallout. We'll be discussing the prospects of a new Cold War with a former Kremlin advisor, a leading American policy maker, and an expert on Russia relations.