I am a graduating senior at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), earning my bachelor's degree in Security Studies under the university's National Security Studies Institute. I transferred to UTEP from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York City in 2015. I also studied abroad at the University of Tartu in Estonia where I went to learn Russian and further my understanding of Russian and Eastern European cultures.
Tensions between the United States and the Russian Federation have broken out into a new Cold War following Russia's actions in Ukraine. Following the seizure of Crimea and the fomenting of civil war in the Donbass, Russia was punished by an international contingent of states following the American lead in sanctioning Russia and isolating it from the world stage. With the sanctions having caused a great deal of damage to the Russian economy, the Russian government struck back by attacking the 2016 US Presidential election. Gambling on candidate Donald Trump, Russia hoped to strike the US at its heart and end this conflict before it becomes a prolonged Cold War.
Shuya, Mason. "Russian Cyber Aggression and the New Cold War." Journal of Strategic Security 11, no. 1 (2018):
Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jss/vol11/iss1/2