How Russia Fights
An insightful article on how the Russians use minimal resources to achieve their political goals.
My instinct is the Russians get the middle sized strategic picture right. They do a lot with a little. They punch outside their weight class. They are capable of strategic brilliance. But ultimately, they have a weak hand with a sensitive economy, too much wealth concentrated in too few (and corrupt) hands.
But they are patient and will stick around and wait for others to fuck up and take advantage.