Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Russia Is a Marginal Power
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 6:45pm
"Always intelligent and provocative as well as disciplined and civil." - The Wall Street Journal
Ian Bremmer, Founder and President, Eurasia Group
Edward Lucas, Senior Editor, The Economist
Amb. Robert D. Blackwill, Fmr. Deputy National Security Advisor under Pres. George W. Bush
Peter Hitchens, Columnist, Mail on Sunday & Fmr. Moscow Correspondent, Daily Express
Disarming Syria. Asylum for Edward Snowden. Arming Iran. Is Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles, while our own president fades into the background of world politics, or is it all a global game of smoke and mirrors? Russia is one of the world’s largest oil producers and has the power of veto on the U.N. Security Council, but it remains an authoritarian state, rife with corruption and economic struggles. Is our toxic relationship something to worry about, or is Putin’s Russia fading in importance?