The Russia of Putin often finds its way on to the news of today.
There has been talk of a ‘New Cold War’ as tensions between the West and Russia rise on a number of issues: Syria, Ukraine and American election meddling are just some of the many instances where Russia takes a stance against the West.
This was not what was promised after the Cold War. Francis Fukuyama in his book “The end of History and the last man” professed the triumph of Western Liberal Democracy and the end to a competition of a way of life.
After the attacks of September 11th 2001, and the Iraq war, the rise of China, the resurgence of Russia Fukuyama had to modify and defend his thesis after waves of questioning.
It seems this wasn’t the case.
The modern world is more multi polar than ever, and Russia has been an aggressive to assert their pride as just one of a number of world powers.
Russia has not bowed to Westernization, as many predicted it would.
Instead, it has formed a new identity, led by Putin who has become the ‘Alpha’ of Russia.
Why has this occurred? What led Russia to reject the West as virulently as it has done? how has Putin taken to the helm? And will it last?
Whatever the answers to these questions may be, Russia has been made anew, and it has been changing the geo-political scene.
This series will attempt to work out the motives, and causality behind it and how that identity has been projected over a number of current world scenes.
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