We read today plenty about Russian meddling into Sudan’s recent efforts for Democratic transition which has so far been successful in ousting the Sudanese dictator Omar Al-Bashir. Some may take this information as now becoming somewhat of a norm without exploring possible ramifications. One possible question we need to explore further is the extent of Russian meddling NOT just in recent political uprisings but equally important is it’s influence during the Arab Spring 1.0 of 2011. I have in previous posts eluded to this specific possibility as part of the Russian ongoing effort to have greater influence in a region grasping for the wind of change for decades only to be blocked by sophisticated disinformation campaigns to hijack the process supported by the deep state that continues to rule.
The main take away from this post – and let’s try and make it short and sweet – is that it is indeed in the interest of the Western governments mainly the EU and the United States – excluding of course the current gang running the US government headed by a leader that seems quite exposed to Russian influence of all sorts – to have security services assess/expose Russian meddling not only in the West but also wherever it exists around the world. In actual fact this was precisely role of the Active Measures Working Group a group created in 1981 and led by the United States Department of State and later by the United States Information Agency (USIA). In other words this policy of exposing Russian meddling needs to be part and parcel of a larger/more aggressive strategy to fight Russian influence/disinformation campaigns designed to undermine our national interests and by extension our core values around the world.
With all that said I still continue to hope that this state of cold war with Russia is resolved once and for all but in a manner that ensures global stability/peace as well as preventing global powers from undermining Democratic transitions in the name of strategic interests. We really need to move on from this narrow vision and find better/constructive ways to serve our interests in the context of a more global framework; one that is focused on development/cooperation rather than tested/failed yet conveniently sloppy strategies of the past that have been built upon narrow/flawed ideologies. So, it’s about time to get creative in developing a new vision for the future of this planet we share to make it work for us all; just close your eyes and imagine what this could mean for our future and the future of generations to come.