RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Located in Eurasia, the Russian Federation finds itself in an extremely indefensible position. Despite its massive size, the country lacks any natural barrier to defend itself from hostile invaders. Napoleon and Hitler took advantage of this geographical reality, with their respective armies reaching the outskirts of Moscow and nearly causing the downfall of two Russian governments. Despite a period of volatility following the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, policymakers in Moscow have made great strides in an attempt to reassert a degree of influence over regional actors. This drive is funded by Russia’s economy, which is heavily reliant on the exportation of grain and energy. With a declining population and promise of future instability, Russian policymakers believe they must act assertively in the present to preserve security in the future. These assertive actions are guided by Russia’s Strategic Troika: Moscow’s need for a strategic buffer, will to be seen as a major geopolitical player, and need for unhampered economic growth.