Russia is not a declining power. The sooner were retire that image of Russia from the 1990s, the better we will be able to address the current challenges from Putin’s Russia to American national security interests today.
The USSR did not look it either. The optics depend on the microscope, metrics, and the intuitive intangibles. Politically – morally she is in her “Black Hole” of the “Mafia State” for quite some time already. Is this a decline or a transition? To where? Enlighten us, por favor.