Dealing with Russia: the containment strategy

  • 2008-10-16
  • By Rein Taagepera
The Moscow-centered empire is a former giant that rests on clay feet but has nuclear missiles. Its internal collapse is a matter of a few decades away, but it can cause plenty of trouble in the meantime. It could also renew and salvage itself, following Charles de Gaulle's example. Upon assuming power, the latter immediately divested France of its colonies. De Gaulle realized that distant, ethnically distinct possessions that boosted state power in the 19th century have long since become a burden. Yet Moscow's own de Gaulle is still missing. The contrary focusing of resources to maintain an...
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