Saturday, September 23, 2006

The New Iron Curtin

The late 1980s and early 1990s saw the downfall of Communism and the Russian Bear. Russia went from a big, bad nuclear threat to the butt of jokes. Many saw Russia as a once great drunk who would slowly pass away. However, since the rise of Putin, an ex-KGB agent, Russia has been on the rise to become a rival of the United States and the European Union.

Both Chirol at Coming Anarchy and Radio Free Europe are discussing Russia's plan for regional dominance. In short, Russia seeks to destabilize its eastern neighbors with the belief that unstable neighbors will rely on Russia for help and be unable to join the European Union and NATO. A dastardly plan, indeed.

In an era where the West and Russia should team up to stabilize the unstable arcs of the world, Russia is playing for short-term gains at the cost of other nations.

Category: Geopolitics

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