Russia’s Biggest Problem Isn’t the War—It’s Losing the 21st Century

From a Washington Post column by Fareed Zakaria headlined “Russia’s biggest problem isn’t the war. It’s losing the 21st century.”:

In his important book “The Third Wave” Samuel Huntington pointed out that division among the ruling elite is a key sign of weakness in authoritarian regimes. When prominent members of the establishment break with the system, it often triggers a larger set of changes. Conversely, when you do not see such defection, it means the autocrat will probably be able to survive. (Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad offers one example of this principle at work.)