The rise of Russia


How closely does Vladimir Putin’s Russia resemble the Soviet Union? Should the world prepare for an era of expanding Russia hegemony? All week, Reason magazine’s Michael C. Moynihan debates post-Cold War Russia with Andrew Meier, an author and former Moscow correspondent for Time magazine.

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    Andrew Meier says that the Putin government’s abuses resemble those of the U.S.S.R. Michael C. Moynihan finds echoes of the former empire, but says today’s Russia doesn’t pose the same level of threat

    Aug. 29, 2008

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    Michael C. Moynihan says nations seek NATO membership out of fears over Russian aggression. Andrew Meier says the alliance is dysfunctional and has little use.

    Aug. 28, 2008

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    Andrew Meier says bringing Russia onto the world stage could tame Putin’s worst instincts. Michael C. Moynihan expresses skepticism that WTO membership would affect Moscow’s behavior.

    Aug. 27, 2008

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    Michael C. Moynihan says former Soviet republics are justifiably seeking protection against Russian aggression. Andrew Meier points to the conspicuous trend of leaders with deep personal ties to the U.S.

    Aug. 26, 2008

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    Andrew Meier says Vladimir Putin’s ultimate desire is to join the ‘civilized world.’ Michael C. Moynihan says cozying up to the West no longer seems Russia’s biggest goal.

    Aug. 25, 2008