Last, by recognizing that a fascist Russia will not long remain fascist. Sooner rather than later, fascist Russia will break down. The choice before the world may be whether that breakdown occurs as a result of the internal systemic weaknesses of all fascist systems or as a result of aggression and overreach. The former would obviously be the preferable scenario-but it will happen only if Russia's non-Russian neighbors remain secure and stable, and never become modern-day versions of pre-World War II Czechoslovakia or Austria.
Alexander J. Motyl is a professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark.