Tuesday, September 18, 2018

How does Russia wield power far beyond it's economic size?

Economically, Russia is no bigger than New York City. Yet it is a major player in the world.


  • Gas and oil. Enough to tweak the balance of the whole world economy
  • Not picking fights with China
  • Totalitarianism. Political power tightly concentrated
  • Willingness to bomb civilians
  • No concern for appearance of democracy or rights