Source: New Eastern Outlook, by Martin Berger
After the surprise announcement of the US presidential results, relations between major world powers seem to be in flux. Stratfor analysts remain convinced that one of the United States’ greatest geopolitical imperatives is to prevent the rise of regional powers that would be able to challenge Washington.
As it’s been noted, Russia’s historical dominance of Eurasia, the Soviet Union’s rise as a superpower after World War II and its resulting political, economic and military rivalry with the United States have long made Russia a target of Washington’s actions abroad. But the onset of the Cold War and the expansion of Soviet power — itself an outgrowth of Russia’s own strategic imperatives to buffer its heartland from invasion — gave rise to a US strategy known as containment.
Even after the demise of the Soviet Union, the United…
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