‘Putin’s World’ Gains Traction as Alternative to West

Leaders of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Council (SCO) member states, Ufa, Russia, July 9, 2015 (AP photo by Ivan Sekretarev).
Leaders of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Council (SCO) member states, Ufa, Russia, July 9, 2015 (AP photo by Ivan Sekretarev).

Who wants to live in a world designed by Vladimir Putin? The number of people who answer “yes” to that question may be rather higher than American and European officials might like to imagine. The Russian president has crafted a narrative about his nation’s revitalization as a global power that many of his countrymen clearly appreciate. Chauvinist nationalist leaders elsewhere, such as Marine Le Pen, the head of France’s National Front party, admire his success. But Western policymakers typically comfort themselves that Putin’s mainstream appeal remains limited. Moscow has not been able to offer a positive vision of a new […]

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