Russia's Gambit to Redefine the Current World Order

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Connections: The Quarterly Journal, Volume 21, Issue 3, p.29-46 (2022)


Crimea, Donbas, great power, historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians, National Security Strategy, NATO, President Putin, Russia, special military operation, Ukraine, world order


Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has made iterative changes to its National Security Strategy (NSS) to bolster its position in the world. The initial intent of the NSS was to provide aspirational foreign policy goals and ambitions the Kremlin could work towards. In 2021, President Putin viewed Russia to be in a position to change the Kremlin’s status in the world and decided to take action. In addition to publishing the 2021 NSS, President Putin also penned a personal history essay about Russia and Ukraine. President Putin’s article provides the Kremlin with a narrative to garner popular domestic support and superficial justification for Russia’s actions against Ukraine. The ultimate goal of the NSS is to reestablish the Cold War world order. President Putin is using Ukraine as a means to reassert Russia’s position in the world while at the same time attempting to discredit the Euro-Atlantic rules-based order.