Why Russia Runs Rings Around the USADespite its “failing economy”, “isolation”, “ancient weapons”, “instability” and all the other tired (and ageless: Russia was “failing” in 2005 and in 2000) tropes, time and time again, Moscow confounds, surprises and outmaneuvers Washington. How does it do it?
Moscow has a competent team; Washington has ??? Putin, Medvedev, Ivanov, Shoigu, Lavrov. On the other side… well, you fill in the names. The proof is that Russia has risen from a negligible position in 2000 to one that sets a lot of the agenda.