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Future Issue: Russia

30 January 2009

In the worldwide power shift that is taking place last years it seems that Russia is gaining a more significant profile too. Having assessed that the US power is weakening Russia claims a more pregnant role on the world stage. HCSS has collected and analysed Russia-specific foresight studies (74) published since 1995. This Future Issue elaborates on the possible future developments by analysis of trends, drivers and the impact on security. Based on insights derived from these major foresight studies the analysis was done in four main sections – what we can learn from the foresight studies in general; the main aspects of Russia they see changing within the coming years; the key drivers they see fuelling those changes. Finally some wild cards are developed that may affect planning assumptions for future interactions of Russia are presented.