Is Russia still a threat to the US? Why or why not?
After the cold war and the downfall of Russia, can we consider Russia as a force to contend with in this present time? What country poses a bigger threat? You can answer in terms of economic or military force?
As someone who lived through the Cold War, I will always feel like Russia is an enemy to the US. This may seem extreme, but the espionage aspect of the relationship between our countries still exists to some extent. Russia definitely has its own interests to protect just as we do, and I would imagine they will do whatever it takes to remain a powerful force in the world. They undermine us regularly on the world stage in order to support countries that we would call 'evil' for their own reasons. They have a proud history and pride is a great motivator.
1) Vladimir Putin was a devout Communist and member-in-good-standing of the KGB!
2) He was elected President of the Russian Federation, then stepped aside for his protege, Dmitry Medvedev, to become President while he stepped down to Prime Minister!
3) Now Dmitry is Prime Minister and Putin is President again!
4) Putin's administration is cracking down on dissenters in Russia.
5) The number of Russian aircraft incursion flights along our Northwestern borders has increased!
6) A Russian nuclear submarine recently patrolled off our Gulf Coast for weeks and wasn't noticed until it left!
7) Putin's administration is increasing its anti-U.S. policies in the U.N. (Surprise, surprise, surprise!)
8) The U.S. IS the World's sole remaining super-power. Russia (the USSR) used to be the other.
9) There are many in that country who would like to see Russia be the World's sole super-power.
I would classify Russia as a "possible" threat to the US. While the political climate has changed throughout the world the widespread military and economic situations are not only potentially explosive but could be dangerous. Russia and her sphere of influence are still, at times, opposed by the US and her allies. While the the US and Russia do not see eye to eye on many things today they still understand the consequences of "mistaken intentions" and they have much better direct contacts today than they ever had during the cold war......and that is a good thing!
While people say the Cold War has ended, I think it is more appropriate to simply say it was won. Russia simply got to a point where they could no longer compete. I don't think it ever really ended, though. The battle over competing spheres of influence is still going on today and has been ongoing for a long time. E.g. Kosovo, Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Georgia, Northern Africa, Mongolia, etc.
They do not represent a global military or economic threat, but at a regional level they are still a powerful nation. They have the second largest nuclear arsenal, have a capable military, produce some of the best military equipment on the planet, have extensive natural resources, and sit at a critical geopolitical position.
There's no real reason for them to be a threat, but for whatever reason we continue to poke them. Like a cornered animal they may eventually get tired of it.
I don't think that Russia is a real threat. They might want to appear as a threat to the U.S. But they are not. Not contemporary Russia which is filled with corruption and lots of internal issues (like Nazism, for example). It's even funny to compare the army and military force of USA and contemporary Russia. Let alone science (or better saying, lack of science in Russia at all). 99% of all talented scientists of former USSR are (guess where?) in USA and Israel.
The only threats are: nuclear weapon, and Russia's support of hostile regimes (like Syria, for instance).
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