RUSSIA’S INCREASING GLOBAL PROFILE: REWARDS AND CHALLENGES
Russia has been restructuring its economy and military to reassert its grand
profile in global politics. This article examines Russian efforts in this regard.
With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, membership of important
international organizations transferred to the Russian Federation.
Eventually, Moscow regained diplomatic representation that indicated its
capabilities were greater than its vulnerabilities. However, this article
focuses on insights about Russia's international status, especially as
reflected in international organizations such as the EU, Council of Europe
and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The article holds that Kremlin is
making efforts to position Russia as an influential player. National security
appeared as a driving force to achieve protection against external threats.
It is highlighted that Russian modus operandi resembles other traditional
great powers that have arisen over the years.