While in Brazil, Dean Stavridis sat down with Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. He spoke about the importance of ‘smart power,’ a combination of hard power and soft power, to achieve better results and how NATO is currently employing soft power in response to Russia’s hard power in Ukraine. Despite the crisis in Ukraine, Dean Stavridis believes that Russian aggression in the region will not lead to another Cold War as the U.S. would like to work together with Russia to address a number of other global challenges from Syria, Afghanistan to Iran. In addition, Dean Stavridis spoke about how the U.S. must work with other countries around the world, including Brazil, to combat the global drug trade which will require tackling demand, transit and supply of illicit drugs. Folha de S. Paulo also asked the Dean about his thoughts on the situation in Syria and implications of the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.
Read the full interview (in Portuguese)