16 | ENE | 2019
Aspiring presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, holding a Russian fur cap reading “Amlovich” - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

A new multipolarity and the Russian factor

Mexico City
Newspaper Leader by EL UNIVERSAL
-A +A
Throughout the 21st century, Russia has consolidated itself once more as a key player in the international scene

Leer en español

Without a doubt, the world is currently living a geopolitical shift, a result of the transformations and crisis in several societies which is also a product of the growing dissatisfaction of several populations with their government systems and, in general, with the ruling liberal system that, for many, has intensified hunger, poverty, and inequality.

We're talking about a phenomenon that involves globalization, migration, wars in the Middle East, terrorism, and other factors; and a proof of this is Brexit, the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House, and even the rise of other individuals who weren't from the world of politics, such as Macron in France. Likewise, we also have the authoritarian drift in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and most recently in Austria, where we can see the 2008 crisis had a deep impact on the quality of life of millions of people.

And as part of this shift, throughout the 21st century, Russia has consolidated itself as a key player in the international scene, vying once more against the United States, China, and the European Union. In this Russian rebirth, the use of information and misinformation has acquired a strategic character which our current technological environment – dominated by social networks – has greatly favored.

As a result, cyberspace has become the new arena for the world's powers. And it's there, in the social networks, where, according to expert Alexis Herrera, the conservative nationalism proposed by Russia has prospered as an alternative speech providing answers to the concerns of those who no longer identify themselves with liberalism and the European social democracy.

Thus, starting from the Russian interference in the U.S. elections – which might cost Donald Trump his office – the world knew of the alleged misinformation strategies coming from Moscow and their systematic interference in the European Union: the United Kingdom with Brexit, France and its presidents, Spain and the Catalonian process, all which has confirmed Russia's return.

According to this logic, for the United States, Mexico wouldn't be free of the Russian factor thus, in a scene seemingly arising from the Cold War, the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, warned about the possible interference of Russia in the Mexican elections.

Whether this is, or not, a new cold war – like some venture – it's a fact the revival of the ancient empire of the tzars will continue pulling the threads of the world.


Mantente al día con el boletín de El Universal