Since the start of the 2000s, it has become commonplace to speak of the so-called “Rise of the Rest.” This theme skyrocketed after the global financial crisis of 2008-9, which disproportionately affected the economies of Western industrialized states. Although not everyone agrees that “the Rest” is rising to the extent that they seriously challenge Western dominance in the international system, it cannot be denied that “rising powers” now occupy a significant space in Western policy discourse about international relations and international political economy. This memo considers how the growing interest in “rising powers” has affected the perception of Russia in the United States.
PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 263
by Ayse Zarakol