Russia and the Global Crisis. Edward Lucas on the Russian Threat and the New Cold War: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccCmxdTSwfs&feature=PlayList&p=A9F9F30BCF7C1C1C&index=1.
Senator Bill Bradley, “Russia: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”. Speech at Princeton University, Dec. 2008 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h170Z0ylNvY
Russia’s international rankings the world?
Why this psychological confrontation? weak as she looks."
Conclusion: Russia needs to be strong and vigilant. Confrontation with the West is not desirable, but Russia must be prepared to defend its interests
But it seems that methods no matter by what means Russia would have tried to reassert its interests in the area, intensification of geopolitical competition was inevitable. In that competition, Russia’s main assets are security, economic and cultural ties with post-Soviet states.
The Network Principle methods
Russia needs to sell
It is a matter of deals -
And of regimes
Current Western policy is, indeed, aimed at achieving maximum market freedom
And yes, the West would like to have unimpeded access to resources in Russia and elsewhere
So would China and India – every country that relies on imports of raw materials, energy, etc.
But is such unimpeded access a realistic goal?
Sovereign states will continue to assert their rights
Western policy is evolving, pragmatic
International energy security is a key interest for everyone – and appropriate regimes need to be created collectively
4. NATO enlargement influence
Takes place based on shared interests
Russia has opposed it from day one
NATO has heeded some of Russia’s concerns
But the enlargement has acquired an inertia which has generated unnecessary tensions
The Russia-Georgia war was a grim warning
And we can certainly start a new dialog about it
Let’s discuss our mutual concerns
Realistic terms of the possible deal highest level since the Cold War