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Geopolitics of Russia

UtherPenguin
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1/5/2016 12:37:52 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
A primary factor in shaping the foreign policy of Russia today comes from it's geography. The need to expand Russia's sphere of influence farther west is often seen as necessary in order to compensate for the lack geographic barriers in the western heartland region. It's also a main reason for Russia's expansion into the far east, as it's secured by geographic barriers on most sides.
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1/5/2016 2:40:24 AM
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At 1/5/2016 12:37:52 AM, UtherPenguin wrote:
A primary factor in shaping the foreign policy of Russia today comes from it's geography. The need to expand Russia's sphere of influence farther west is often seen as necessary in order to compensate for the lack geographic barriers in the western heartland region. It's also a main reason for Russia's expansion into the far east, as it's secured by geographic barriers on most sides.







This has been true traditionally. However, the West would not attack a non-aggressive Russia so its current foreign policy is ultimately a self-fulfilling prophecy; in acting aggressively to keep nations like Ukraine Russia-aligned and thus buffers against the West it creates enemies in the West that it acted aggressively against nations like Ukraine to maintain a buffer against. In the 21st century no Western nation would attack Russia except in the spirit of self-defense, so Russia would ultimately be better off turning pro-Europe. In the long run bigger threats to its existence come from Asia, not Europe.
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1/5/2016 2:44:22 AM
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If Russia joins NATO and stands down, then Europe's dependence on the U.S. for protection would no longer be nearly as needed and with time the U.S. would lose its hegemonic position in Europe. In fact, a modernized Russia with a booming economy (and a military which would still be the strongest in Europe) would be able to fill the gap peaceably. In the long term Russian hegemony is better assured by becoming peaceful, Westernized, and modernized.
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1/5/2016 3:08:11 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 1/5/2016 12:37:52 AM, UtherPenguin wrote:
A primary factor in shaping the foreign policy of Russia today comes from it's geography. The need to expand Russia's sphere of influence farther west is often seen as necessary in order to compensate for the lack geographic barriers in the western heartland region. It's also a main reason for Russia's expansion into the far east, as it's secured by geographic barriers on most sides.

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