Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America

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While America is preoccupied with threats from the Middle East and China, Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council argues that a monumental transformation is underway in the most massive nation on earth — nuclear-armed Russia. He posits that Russia’s first crisis will be a social one: a demographic collapse of the Slavic population, gutted by alcoholism, early death, and abortions that historically have outnumbered live births. Filling the void is a rising Muslim population, including radical Islamists who seek to subvert the nature of the Russian state. In the background is an emerging strategic rivalry with neighboring China, which has growing designs on Russia’s resource-rich east. But that’s just the beginning, according to Berman. He paints a troubling picture of Russia’s precarious future, how the former superpower might unravel, and how a collapsing Russian state will impact America and the world.


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