According to Dr. Armando Chaguaceda Noriega’s research, Russia has become the element that many international political scandals have in common. Russia’s alleged influence in the 2016 United States elections has prompted a reassessment of the propaganda efforts and influence of their diplomatic and intelligence forces.
What makes Russia the West’s perfect adversary, according to Dr. Armando Chaguaceda Noriega?
Dr. Armando Chaguaceda Noriega, visiting professor from the Universidad de Guanajuato, posed this question in his research seminar “The Russian political regimen: evolution, present, and future.” According to Dr. Chaguaceda, Russia has a very unique political model, product of its hybrid nature as both an Asian and European country, and its perennial gravitation of its national identity, between tradition and modernity. Moreover, its nature as a diplomatic and military superpower, its authoritarian past, and its late democratization have shaped this country in such a way that its local and global influence surpass exceedingly its resources. He pointed out that Russia’s role in the current international scene can only be understood through an historical analysis of its political regime, concluding with Putin, a key player in Russia’s ongoing international significance.
Dr. Chaguaceda gave a review of Russia’s regime development since the end of the Cold War. In those thirty years, Russia has experienced a change from a liberal democracy to an hegemonic authoritarianism, through the gradual dwindling of the rule of law. The result is a weak civil society and a fortified presidentialism. During his conference, Professor Chaguaceda provided the arguments necessary to shed light on those conditions allowing Russia to keep its active and influential political role despite its decline since the 1980s. Given the current events, it seems Russia will continue in its role of boogeyman for the West.