Must Russia scale down its geopolitical ambitions?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by KGB_resident, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. Yes, in her own interests

  2. Yes, but rather in our interests

  3. Not sure

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  4. No, Russia as a result will be weaker

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  5. No, lets compete


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    First of all the geopolitical battlefield doesn't allow emptiness. If one player scales down his ambitions then others forward their own ones.

    By the way, maybe crisis-hit US must scale down its ambition?
  2. Russia is apparently trying to bring back the good old days of the soviet union :(
    they weren't that good for its subjects.
    maybe trying to be pleasant to its neighbours for a change.
  3. Personally, I think the FT has got it all wrong.

    Russia is hardly playing a strong geo-political hand, is it? What has it managed to do in the past 5 years?

    Well, firstly, it's managed to raise the price of gas off the back of high oil prices. In effect, it's simply followed the trend and taken advantage of the situation. Hardly a geo-political statement of intent.

    And, secondly, it's managed to smash up a piddling little neighbour by force of arms. Again, hardly a victory to go down in history as awe inspiring. Moreover, it screwed up much of the diplomacy thereafter.

    All in all, Russia is pretty much acting on par with it's status - developing country with an excess of men under arms and an arsenal of big bombs that prevent it from getting smacked by Uncle Sam.

    It's about time the international community recognised Russia for what it really is and stop trying to make them out to be some big bad ogre. There are far more worrying developments that deserve 'our' attention.
  4. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Russia might have vast mineral wealth, and it might have a considerable amount of land, and a large population, but its wealth has to be consolidated before it can be a proper world player.

    For Russia to be truly wealthy, it needs to have long term, well invested wealth, and its people need to be living at western standards of civilisation. Only at that point should it direct its energies into becoming a major international player.

    It needs to prioritise what it does with its money, and the biggest priority is a root and branch improvement of life for the people of Russia. That means distributing its natural resource wealth to the people, improving the infrastructure, building and consolidating its manufacturing base, and having many multiples of income streams - NOT just from natural resources, because they are finite.

    If Russia spends all its gas and oil wealth trying to be one of the big boys, there will still be trouble at home. One would think that the cold war taught them a lesson about long term wealth, industry and power, but no, it didn't.
  5. Biped, it did. Russia is not there yet, but it is going in a right direction.
    It's just our (western) media doesn't like reporting on it in order to keep a convenient image of a ruthless but poor and stupid bear live in the mind of Western populace. Something similar to "commies under the bed"...