Spring 2018 (32.1) Essay

Russia and the Liberal World Order

Abstract: While Russian leaders are clearly dissatisfied with the United States and the European Union, they are not inherently opposed to a liberal world order. The question of Russia’s desire to change a liberal international order hangs on the type of liberalism embedded in that order. Despite some calls from within for it to create a new, post-liberal order premised on conservative nationalism and geopolitics, Russia is unlikely to fare well in such a world.

Keywords: Russia, liberalism, international order, great powers, globalization, nationalism

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