Russia Is A Marginal Power

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks about the recent takeover by Moscow of Crimea from Ukraine.

Russia has long been considered a world power despite ongoing economic, social and political strife. And in recent years, the country has continued to place itself in the international spotlight under less-than-favorable conditions. Some have started to wonder if Russia is really as influential as they used to be.

In this episode of Intelligence Squared, four panelists sit down to debate the question: is Russia a marginal power? Both at home and abroad, governments have tried to cast Russia as a country fading in power and importance. But this might not be the case. They’ve disarmed Syria, provided asylum for Snowden, armed Iran, and annexed the Crimean Peninsula. And all of these actions have come with loud, vibrant discourse from the rest of the world.

Arguing in favor of the motion is Edward Lucas, senior editor of The Economist, and Ian Bremmer, founder and President of the Eurasia Group.

Arguing against the motion is Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill, former Deputy National Security Adviser under President George W. Bush, and Peter Hitchens, columnist for Mail On Sunday, and former Moscow Correspondent for the Daily Express.