Visas as a Cold War Tool

 

The title of this Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece says it all : “Weaken Putin With a Russian Brain Drain.”  (Paywall link).

The Op-Ed piece essentially proposes the use of certain visas as a means of taking away Russia’s best and brightest.  Specifically using a combination of O-1 (those with “extraordinary ability”) and the EB-5 investment visas.

The writer, Edward Luttwak, adds a few wrinkles to the two visas in this editorial piece (urging Obama to use his executive powers to modify both visas to make it easier and more attractive to Russian passport holders.).

The use of the two visas as an “anti-sanction” is an interesting thought experiment.  But it will probably stay that way, a thought experiment.