Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The Near Abroad Versus the Far Abroad

Hat tip the the ubiquitous Instapundit for this one.

Its an interesting piece worth reading and reminds me of the early days after the Cold War when the terms "near abroad" and "far abroad" were used to discuss Russian foreign policy. The idea was that the Russian's would look to maintain influence and even regain control in the closer Soviet and more Russified republics.

I do not think they have ever really stopped trying to do this, but merely kicked it up a notch under Putin. It certainly makes sense to preach strength, security and pursue power abroad when the economy is in the dumper, the government is corrupt, the people are demoralized, and international prestige is dropping.