Russian Pipeline Essay

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Russia is seeking to regain the great power status it once held during its empire and Cold War days, primarily by gaining power from its greatest rival, the United States (U.S.). Russia has revisionist intention in its core. It is not satisfied with the post-cold war international order and seeks its rightful place among great power states. Russia’s intent is to maximize their power and its ultimate goal is to rise again as a hegemon that challenges the current international order. Russia is trying to shift the balance of power on her behalf vis-à-vis other states, especially from its historical rivals, the U.S. and the greater European states.2 In order to shift the balance of power, Russia must confront its rivals and reduce their political, …show more content…
influence in its strategic partner, Russian aggressive policy must be disrupted. The U.S. can achieve its national interests by helping to strengthen the EU by enabling it to become a regional hegemon that will fight and resist Russia on its own, thus preserving current U.S. lead international order and keeping the balance of power. In order to achieve this aim, EU’s dependence on Russia’s natural gas must stop, thus making Russian pipelines unnecessary. Furthermore, U.S. foreign policy must provide the means and resources to preserve the EU and help it in achieving a unified policy toward Russia. Moreover, the U.S. must help financially troubled EU member states, thus preventing them turning toward Russia. In addition, U.S. should leverage foreign policy and diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom (UK) to prevent the UK from leaving the EU, thus preventing a serious weakening of the EU and further possible consequences that favor Russia. Nonetheless, the U.S. must preserve its influence in Europe and the current balance of power in order to achieve its national interests and security. If the balance of power shift is already inevitable, it would be best if it happens in the EU’s favor, so it can rise as a regional hegemon and prevent Russia from becoming

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