Strategy Still Needed to Deal With Putin’s Russia, Despite Oil Prices

Supporters of a rules-based international order are probably just a little bit pleased that neo-reactionary Vladimir Putin and his inner circle are experiencing an economic meltdown of unprecedented proportions thanks to tumbling oil prices. However, any Schadenfreude one might experience should surely be tempered by the understanding that the real victims of Russia’s economic woes are ordinary Russians, average citizens who can ill-afford the turmoil already underway and undoubtedly to continue. More importantly, Russia’s economic woes are no guarantee of change in the Kremlin, and provide the U.S. and its European allies with an unforeseen opportunity to finally craft an effective long-term strategy to deal with Putin’s Russia.



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