Russia and China: Is the World Ready for Their Decline? – Lilia Shevtsova – The American Interest Magazine

There is one more issue that causes concern. As domestic policy experts in both Russia and China talk of the end of resilience, tipping points of social upheaval, and inevitable decline and collapse, Western foreign policy analysts and Western business interests seem fixated on mantras in praise of Russia’s stability, its revival as a new “center”, and the rise of China. It is as if we were discussing completely different countries! What price will the West pay for suffering yet another disappointment?

 “The Coming Collapse: Authoritarians in China and Russia Face Endgame”, reads the headline of a 2012 Washington Post column by Jackson Diehl. Many treated the prediction embodied in this title as the musing of an idealist. However, recent events have unfolded so quickly that the “endgame” indeed appears close at hand. Those who recently worried about the rise of the authoritarian “duo” should start to worry about the consequences of its decline.

Russia and China: Is the World Ready for Their Decline? – Lilia Shevtsova – The American Interest Magazine