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Russia's Global Power Status inside BRIC Group. How Can the EU Manage Russia's Growth Aspirations?

Agnes Nicolescu

Against a background in which the international order is increasingly a multi-polar one, the EU faces the difficult task of maintaining its relevance as a coherent geopolitical actor and at the same time, figuring out whether it can any longer do that in the context of a decreasing US involvement in Europe. We are facing in fact a revival of MacKinder's theory of the Heartland, in which the stakes for world power is being played between continental powers such as Russia and China, while the influence of the United States is likely to continue to decrease. The rising economic and military strength of Russia and China should be understood in association with the overall increasingly visible profile of BRIC countries. This raises for the EU a challenge in finding the proper political and economic instruments to counter the rising Russian domination, and - as a solution to this particular problem - engage politically China in order to achieve this goal. The EU is more likely to cooperate with China, given its failure so far to extend its cooperation with Russia to sectors other than economy. However, Russia has considerably consolidated its economic and political dialogue with China over the recent years.

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