Berto Jongman: Is Putin a Great Strategist?

06 Russia, Peace Intelligence

berto smallIs Putin a Great Strategist?

He’s certainly a competent one, as well as tactically unpredictable, even brilliant

The first thing that needs to be stressed is that Putin has no grand strategy, no less one to ‘reestablish the Tsarist or Soviet empire.’ Such claims are delusions, paranoia, and/or well-compensated stratcomm. His goal is to ensure Russia’s status as a global power, one of several great powers in Eurasia writ large, and the indispensable country for any other pursuing a presence in central Eurasia – the former USSR.