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Ten years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, the issue of Russia's international identity still remains largely unresolved. In this text Trenin argues that Russia must join the West by becoming integrated with the European Union and by building an alliance with the United States. He delineates the political, economic, demographic, religious and strategic challenges that Russia faces in relation to neighbouring countries - in Eastern Europe, along the Baltic Sea, around the Caspian Sea, in Central Asia and in the Far East. Trenin suggests that Russia's time as the region's dominant leader is over, and that Russia and Eurasia will no longer share the same geopolitical objectives.