Is Russia pushing the US around now?

  • Might look like it (e.g. Crimea & Syria) but Russia is a lot weaker than it appears: feeble economy, few international partners/allies, and no decisive institutional influence on the international order.
  • By contrast, the US stands centre-place in a global network of international institutions, alliances, military and strategic partnerships.
  • Arguably, prudent foreign policy dictates managing this network with care, which, when compared to Putin's boldness, might create an impression of indecisiveness.
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