RUSSIA TO DRAFT NEW FOREIGN POLICY STRATEGY: EMPHASIS? MULTI-POLARISM

RUSSIA TO DRAFT NEW FOREIGN POLICY STRATEGY: EMPHASIS? MULTI-POLARISM

April 23, 2016 By Joseph P. Farrell

In the light of yesterday's blog about Russian sleeper cells in Europe, Mr. V.T. shared this article on Russia's attempts to reformulate its general foreign policy agendas, and it's worth passing along, for Russia has been very busy on the world stage lately (as we'll also see tomorrow). This is from Russia's Sputnik English language online magazine, so bear that in mind as you assess what it is saying:

Putin Instructs Foreign Ministry to Develop New Foreign Policy Framework

There's two key paragraphs in this short article, and they are huge with implications:

The new doctrinal document will reflect the fact that the world is transitioning to a new, polycentric architecture in world politics, Lavrov said, and "should ideally be based on the interaction of the leading centers of power in the interests of the collective solutions to global problems."

"This vision is shared by many countries, although, as in all previous stages in history, nothing comes automatically in international affairs, and there is no guarantee that a positive vector will prevail," the minister emphasized. (Emphasis added)

Lavrov's meaning here is clear: the world of American unipolarism is over, and any realistic Russian foreign policy has to reflect not only that fact, but the fact that it is also no longer a bi-polar world either, and that Russia should not attempt to reconstruct it. Key to this reading of the new doctrine is Mr. Lavrov's reference to the "leading centers of power" and "collective solutions to global problems."  I suspect that what is being said is not only the obvious, namely, that in the multipolar world of today, the centers of power are not just London and Washington, but Brasilia, New Delhi, Tokyo, Beijing and so on, and, what is not being stated but implied: Brussels, as representative of the Paris-Berlin axis, so to speak. The hidden implication here is the historical reference, which I alluded to in yesterday's blog with my mention of Tsar Alexander I's role in the post-Napoleonic, Congress of Vienna world, when "collective action" and Great Power Realpolitik created a more or less stable order that lasted until the outbreak of World War One. To be sure, there were wars, but the unique thing about this period is that these wars were, so to speak, not allowed to develop into world wars, which each of them could easily have done.  I strongly suspect that this precedent is what is in the back of Mr. Lavrov's mind in these statements.

And with that, we come to my high octane speculation: for by mentioning the Congress of Vienna and Russia's role, which Mr. Lavrov would be more than familiar with, I suspect that not only is the Russian document a direct attack on the whole idea of the post-9/11 unipolar-American doctrine, but also a quiet and implicit invitation to Europe to take a more assertive role in international affairs, in other words, one not so compliantly serving American interests, but more directly, Europe's. And this, in the long run, can only be good for Russia, which has, as we all know, been trying to "pivot to the East," but so long as Europe remains unstable and an American puppet, it cannot do so.

Time will tell, of course, what this reevaluation of Russia's foreign policy doctrine and objectives will mean, but if these brief remarks in the Sputnik article are any indicator, they will be very far reaching, for in the final analysis, what Mr. Lavrov is also saying is that the unipolar corporate-run world of the West's globalists is also a dystopian vision whose days are over.

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