Thought that you might find this interesting, according to Guardian sources recent events have indeed strengthened the influence of 'Eurasianists' within the Russian foreign policy elite:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/ukraine-crimea-what-putin-thinking-russia
Thanks, will read it.
I've now read it (belatedly). Re the paragraph or two at the end about 'Eurasianism': this would seem to have relevance to broader debates about whether rising powers want to work within or contest the 'liberal' world order. That said, I'm not entirely sure what the word "conservative" means in the sentence about Russia, in this perspective, being a "conservative world power" -- but hashing this out would obvs. require a longer conversation.
Also doubtful, I suppose, is the extent to which Russia is properly described as a 'rising' power. It gets lumped in with the BRICs, but in some respects is unlike the others. As we've discussed here before, S. Africa may belong in this grouping more logically -- either in addition to or instead of Russia. (Again, a longer conversation.)
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