To day or not to day #71: For most of the world the deterioration of US-Russian relations depends of a power vacuum in the international order. Russia, along with China shows that it has the power to thwart U.S. plans through diplomatic pressure and a veto in the Security Council. There is not much more to it. Russia does not have enough power and influence and China's too busy with themselves.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Saturday 5 October 2013. Essay by Ian Bremmer, founder and chair of the Eurasia Group and author of Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World