The Threat of Russia Becoming A Superpower

For the last 30 years there has only been one superpower, the United States of America. Right now, Russia is the second strongest and most influential power in the world, it has more resources and potential than its predecessor The Soviet Union and is on a fast trend to becoming a super power once again. Geographically speaking, Russia is the largest country which is rich in oil and gas with a GDP of 3.7 trillion, this puts it Russia firmly sixth in the world for GDP. Russia supplies Europe with a third of its oil and gas, this alone makes Russia a superpower in Europe. With Vladimir Putin as its president there is a good chance Russia becomes a super power, if it isn’t already considered one.

For Russia to become a super power, China’s influence has to be mitigated. Russia is doing this by supporting India and helping them rise to dominance in Asia. India has always been an ally of Russia going back to its USSR days. Russia and India’s political influence in the world right now increases the power of Russia and decreases that of China’s. With more countries falling out with USA and supporting Russia, it is maintaining its lead in the race of becoming a super power.

if Russia becomes a super power there will be changes of allegiances worldwide. Many countries that are neutral or side with the US will ally themselves with Russia; this is to avoid fall out with the dominant superpower and suffer its wrath. Countries that broke away from USSR will become the most loyal allies to Russia. They would do this to avoid Russia attacking them and causing major changes in their governments. With more countries in its grasp this would offer new resources and markets for Russian products, thus increasing Russia’s wealth.

Major changes and alliances will occur in Asia. A Russia and India alliance will shape politics in Asia which undermines the influence of China. Japan and Australia are currently allies of the US, and these two nations may be the first to change alliances. In time more Asian countries may change sides, pincering China of its support and influence, leading to a possible end in communism which may shape China’s politics as they aim to compete with Russia for influence and power across Asia. Russia under Putin has reformed itself as a capitalist country. In Western Europe, Germany, and Poland could change allegiances due to their proximity with Russia. England, France, Italy, and Canada would continue to support USA but NATO would suffer major losses. Remaining NATO members would draw closer and drive support from each other but they would not offer a significant threat as they do currently (which is what stops Russia from complete dominance).

Currently, while widely criticized, Trump may be making a smart strategic move by allying with Russia and ensuring the two nations prosper together instead of apart (a cold war scenario).