Don’t Underestimate Russia as a Global Power

Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit via videoconference in Moscow, Nov. 12, 2021 (Sputnik pool photo by Mikhail Metzel via AP).
Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit via videoconference in Moscow, Nov. 12, 2021 (Sputnik pool photo by Mikhail Metzel via AP).

Three decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has reestablished itself as a force to be reckoned with on the global stage, intervening forcefully not only in former Soviet republics on its periphery, but also in global hotspots like Syria and Libya. Despite Russia’s resurgence, some Western leaders have a noticeable tendency to dismiss it as an overrated, overhyped power. John McCain, the late U.S. senator, famously quipped that Russia is a “gas station masquerading as a country.” U.S. President Joe Biden may have been channeling McCain when he said in July that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “sitting on […]

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