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Strategic Posture Review: Russia

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009

Russia has experienced a remarkable resurgence in recent years. Despite its strategic resurgence, however, the country's new status rests on shaky foundations that will limit Moscow's capacity, and perhaps ambitions, to become a peer competitor of the United States. Richard Weitz examines the country's recent history, foreign and military policy, and national strategy in the first WPR Strategic Posture Review.

The Russian Federation has experienced a remarkable resurgence in recent years. Following a decade spent managing the collapse of the Soviet Union while watching its global influence decline, Russia has once again become a world power. With the use of its energy and arms trade, Russian leaders have advanced strategic partnerships in Asia, Europe, and most recently South America, thereby increasing Moscow's ability to challenge and at times frustrate U.S. strategic interests. Despite Russia's strategic resurgence, the country's new status rests on shaky foundations that will limit Moscow's capacity, and perhaps ambitions, to become a peer competitor of the United States. Even within Eurasia, Russian policymakers watch warily as NATO expands along Russia's borders and China achieves growing influence in resource-rich Central Asia. ...

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