Russia: background and strategy
Barkovich, Kenneth A.
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The purpose of this thesis was to gain a better understanding of the present situation in Russia and examine possible influences on potential strategies moving forward. The relationship the United States has with Russia is only deteriorating, and Russia seems to be growing bolder by the day. While Russia may prove to be a formidable opponent in many ways, it is not without weakness. The country is experiencing very serious economic troubles, and sanctions will only inflict greater pain. This pain will be felt by individuals throughout the country as well as the government. Russia’s ambitions may be halted by these economic struggles, both internally and externally. The Russian military is doing a good job focusing on areas where it can gain the most advantage given its assets, but money and personnel are just a couple of big issues that will plague the reform that is taking place. It is clear that old ways of thinking are no longer working, and in an ever-connected world, compromise and cooperation must be sought to improve relations with Russia. However, the United States and its European allies must stay united and be prepared to deal with Russia both politically and militarily if necessary.
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