Putin’s EurasianismMarch 3, 2014
I have posted several times on Eurasianism and Russian geopolitical thinker Aleksander Dugin. Students of either are unsurprised by Russia’s actions in the Ukraine. Dugin has always seen the world as a contest between land and maritime powers, and the contemporary world as a contest between Russian-led Eurasianism and Anglo-American Atlanticism. Ukraine is and always has been a core geopolitical interest for Russia, and she was never going to meekly allow that nation to simply walk away from Russia and become a member of The Atlantic Alliance. The current crisis, or something like it, would be fully anticipated by Long Cycle Theory as a part of the Coalitioning phase.
Writing at National Review, Bob Zubrin has a brief but acceptable review of Dugin’s theories. Read it, and the various posts I have made on Dugin and Eurasianism, to get a handle on the deeper geopolitical meanings of the current situation.