Emerging Markets, Geopolitics

Russia: A Spoiler Not A Superpower (Transcript By The Daily Vertical)

Flag Russia

By Brian Whitmore

The Russian media predictably went into overdrive with the chest-thumping this week as the country’s forces returned home from Syria.

On his flagship Vesti Nedeli program, the Kremlin’s chief propagandist Dmitry Kiselyev went so far as to call the Russian intervention a “victory of good over evil” that returned Russia to the ranks of great powers.

There’s also been a deluge of hand wringing from Western pundits about how Vladimir Putin has outfoxed us again and how Russia is always one step ahead of the West.

But the more I think about it, the more I think we need a reality check regarding Putin’s allegedly great victory in Syria.

Yes, Russia was able to prop up the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Yes they were able to prevent the West from establishing no-fly zones and safe havens.

Yes, Moscow has managed to soften to a degree its international isolation.

And yes, they have managed to exacerbate the worst refugee crisis Europe has seen since World War II.

But contrary to the hyperbole on Russian television, 167 days of bombing in Syria have not made Russia a superpower again.

And contrary to the wishful thinking of pro-Kremlin pundits, it has not upended the rules based post-Cold War security architecture.

Putin wants to return to a world where great powers dominate and Moscow and the West divide the world into spheres of influence.

But that world is gone, and a five-and-a-half-month military campaign is not going to bring it back.

All Russia has accomplished in Syria is to prove that it can be an effective global spoiler.

But we knew that already.

Keep telling me what you think on The Power Vertical’s Twitter feed and on our Facebook page.

Courtesy of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a broadcasting organization that provides news, information, and analysis in 21 countries where free press is banned by the government or not fully established.  

Copyright (c) 2016. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow Us On Social Media

Google Translate

Like Us On Facebook

Our Discussion Groups

Facebook Group
LinkedIn Group

Follow EMerging Equity on WordPress.com

Our Social Media Readers


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 275 other followers

%d bloggers like this: