In the first decade of the 21st century Russia finds itself at a historic junction. No longer a great power, Russia appears to be a country at the crossroads of modernity, in the face of both challenges and opportunities. This article analyzes Russia's standing along four dimensions typically associated with the traditional notion of power on the international stage: demography, military force, economy and governance. In each one of these categories, Russia has made some progress, but it is unclear in which direction Russia is developing. In order to understand whether negative or positive trends will prevail in the future, it is important to take a holistic approach.
Maxim Miroshnikov is an M.A. student in International Studies at Old Dominion University.