Essay on Russi A Great Power State During Its Empire And Cold War Era

2393 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 10 Pages
Russia, once a great power state during its empire and cold war era, is taking opportunities to gain power again over its rivals, and the United States (U.S.) being the greatest one. Since 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 to maximize power and its ultimate goal to rise again as a hegemon, challenges current international order. Russia is trying to shift the balance of power on her behalf vis-à-vis other states, especially its historical rivals, the U.S. and greater European states.2 In order to shift the balance of power, Russia must confront its rivals and decline their political, economic, and above all military capabilities. To create a new international order with Russia as a hegemon, Russia must attack the U.S. influence in the world politics, diminish NATO as the U.S. greatest security alliance, and weaken the European Union (EU) as the U.S. greatest ally in keeping current international order stable. Therefore, the most pressing national security challenge facing the U.S. in the next 5-10 years is the rise of Russia because it threatens the U.S. power in Europe through balance of power changes to the international order, disruption of NATO alliance, and stability of the EU.
Russia threatens the balance of power as it rises as a hegemon, disrupting international order, and creating instabilities in the world that harm…

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