Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 07/2014

The Future of Russia: Modernization or Decline?

Adam Balcer, Nikolay Petrov

February 2012

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a nuclear power, Russia has substantial leverage in the post-Soviet space and is the EU's most important neighbor. However, in the coming decades Russia will face serious internal and international challenges.