I always enjoy visiting the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), and most recently read “Entering 2019: Challenges and Opportunities,” by President Igor Ivanov of RIAC, himself also former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1998–2004). I agree with everything he writes, particularly the incapacity of the United Nations “system,” the importance of national sovereignty as a building block for peace, and the lack of any sustainable foundation for global management.
I had occasion recently to engage with the thinking of the very talented Professor Igor Panarin, a most distinguished Russian intelligence officer and strategic forecaster, and today the dean of the Russian school for future diplomats. In 1998 he predicted the break-up of the USA by 2010 – a Balkanized USA influenced by others, with Alaska going completely to Russia.
I have published an eighteen page response to him (with seven graphics and fifty-six endnotes each containing links to sources), easily found at http://tinyurl.com/Steele-2ndAmRev. I thought here to provide an abbreviated version (below) of my thinking for members of the Russian International Affairs Council.
The recent decision by President Vladimir Putin to create an independent Internet with a separate Domain Name System (DNC) that is impervious to Western attack including data corruption and mis-representation is a good decision. President Putin’s desire to have such an independent Internet in place by August 2018 is ambitious but achievable. It is a great pity that the BRICS have wasted four years since they first considered this essential need.