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Unformatted text preview: U.S. interests are at play in this vast world region, and what kind of policies can most effectively
secure them? The concept of Eurasia is used in an inconsistent way within U.S. policy circles . The
U.S. State Department maintains a Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs parallel with a Bureau of
Central and South Asian Affairs. The U.S. Defense Department’s European Command Area of
Responsibility includes “Eurasia” as a constituent part, parallel with a Central Command including
former Soviet Central Asia. In both of these configurations, Europe, the greater Middle East, and
Inner Asia are set apart—the substance of what is referred to as Eurasia amounts to little more than
the Russian Federation and a handful of its weaker neighbors. Western analysts have consistently
sought to assert that Eurasianism poses a false choice for contemporary Russia, whose post communist destiny is still seen to lie in association with a wider West.18 If 6 we could realize the old
Cold War vision of a unified security community stretching from Vancouver to Vladivostok, this
perception might be a fair one. Unfortunately, it has become clear that the Russian Federation cannot
and will not be assimilated into the Euro-Atlantic community. Russia’s relations with Europe are
troubled, and an EU in the grip of enlargement fatigue is not about to contemplate overtures to
Muscovy. The case for including Russia as a full member of the new North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO) can be compelling, but it is also unrealistic. In fact, what is described as
”Eurasia” in much of U.S. foreign policy analysis equates to a kind of limbo to which Russia has been
willfully consigned as a consequence of what might be construed as a poli cy of exclusion. This limited
vision does not correspond to the new strategic realities of the Eurasian region in an age of
globalization, where the exclusion of important national players will not be an option. Nor does it
correspond to the changing character of Eurasia itself, and the kind of strategic issues that it poses.
The new Eurasia is a geographical complex that includes the Russian Federation as an important
actor, but is no longer defined either by the geopolitical fault lines of the Cold War or the weight of a
reemerging Russian imperial tradition. Russia’s aspiration to reassert itself as a force in the
region may have some prospect of success, but attempts at dominion are bound to fail.
24 | P a g e Russian Oil DA BDL
Answers to: High Prices Fuel Russian Aggression [____] [____] Russia is not an imperialist aggressor
Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow Center, 2006
(Foreign Affairs, July/August, Russia Leaves the West,
On the other hand, Russia today is not, and is not likely to become, a second Soviet Union. It
is not a revanchist and imperialist aggressor bent on reabsorbing its former provinces. It is
not a rogue state, nor a natural ally of those states that may...
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