|Author (Person)||Kononenko, Vadim, Torbakov, Igor|
|Publisher||Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)|
|Series Title||FIIA Briefing Papers|
|Series Details||No.38, September 2009|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
As the Kremlin believes that the global economic downturn is increasing the trend towards greater regionalism, the strategic conclusion is to strengthen Russia’s position as the centre of its 'own region' – post-Soviet Eurasia.
In order to enhance its geopolitical posture in the ex-Soviet area, Russia has been pursuing a twotrack policy: it is buying up assets from, and giving out loans to, its distressed neighbours on a massive scale.
Several forces appear to be working at cross-purposes with the Kremlin’s ambitions: the state of Russia’s own economic system; the wiliness and cunning maneuvering of Moscow’s 'allies'; and the growing competition on the part of the other centres of power – the European Union and China.
Ultimately, the Kremlin’s desperate efforts to turn Russia into a geopolitical leader of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are likely to be frustrated by Russia’s lack of a coherent long-term strategy and by its socio-political system’s dearth of appeal.
|Countries / Regions||Eastern Europe, Russia|