The Challenge of Russia’s Decline

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (not pictured) sit for their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, 13 April 2015. Mahmud Abbas is on a working visit in Russia.

Make no mistake: what is happening in Ukraine is Russian aggression.


CAMBRIDGE – As Europe debates whether to maintain its sanctions regime against Russia, the Kremlin’s policy of aggression toward Ukraine continues unabated. Russia is in long-term decline, but it still poses a very real threat to the international order in Europe and beyond. Indeed, Russia’s decline may make it even more dangerous.

Make no mistake: what is happening in Ukraine is Russian aggression. President Vladimir Putin’s pretense that Russian troops were not participating in the fighting...


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