This guy should write fiction.

If you’re inclined to believe Igor Panarin, and the Kremlin wouldn’t mind if you did, then President Barack Obama will order martial law this year, the U.S. will split into six rump-states before 2011, and Russia and China will become the backbones of a new world order.
Panarin might be easy to ignore but for the fact that he is a dean at the Foreign Ministry’s school for future diplomats and a regular on Russia’s state-guided TV channels. And his predictions fit into the anti-American story line of the Kremlin leadership.
“There is a high probability that the collapse of the United States will occur by 2010,” Panarin told dozens of students, professors and diplomats Tuesday at the Diplomatic Academy — a lecture the ministry pointedly invited The Associated Press and other foreign media to attend.

Oh, wait. He just did.
But how was the speech received?

It wasn’t clear how persuasive the 20-minute lecture was. One instructor asked Panarin whether his predictions more accurately describe Russia, which is undergoing its worst economic crisis in a decade as well as a demographic collapse that has led some scholars to predict the country’s demise.

One thought on “This guy should write fiction.

  1. Who knows, he may be right! Never discount how quickly the modern nation state can transform, more so now than ever before. Cube Monkey highly recommends British historian Paul Kennedy’s classic “The Rise and Fall of Great Powers.” His work is considered a classic of failed modern states from 1500-2000, sucked into economic black holes by wars and deficit spending, among other things. I’m re-reading it and recommending it to my cubemates.

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