Since 2016, Russia has become an extremely effective disruptor. From its social media “firehose of falsehood” to its recent Solar Winds hacking of U.S. government agencies to its interference in the 2016 U.S. election to its nefarious clampdown on domestic opposition, Russia’s leaders have played exceptionally divisive and explosive cards on the world stage. But what will Russia do next? In reflecting on years of its disruption, what does the future hold? How vulnerable is the U.S. to information gleaned during the Solar Winds hack, and how can we use a better understanding of Russia to better protect our democracy, our world — and ourselves?
This livestream series is a partnership among the Santa Fe Council on International Relations, the Phoenix Council on Foreign Relations, and the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies at Arizona State University. Over at least five livestreams, we’ll explore key facets of Russia’s disruption with leading thinkers, journalists, activists, ambassadors, and more. While the full roster of speakers is still under development, we’ll host our second talk in the series on March 18:
Russia and America After Trump:
Thursday, March 18 @10AM MT
Russia’s challenge to the U.S.-centered world order began before Donald Trump’s presidency, with the two nations locked for decades over their interests and values in the changing international system. Russia-US rivalry will continue to prevail — even if the U.S. is prepared to address some issues of mutual importance. Narrowing differences between the two nations will remain difficult until the transition to a new global order is completed.
Featured speaker Andrei P. Tsygankov is a Russian-born academic and author in the fields of international relations. He is currently a professor at San Francisco State University, where he teaches comparative, Russian, and international politics in the Political Science and International Relations departments. Tsygankov has written many books, published extensively in leading academic journals, and contributed to Asia Times, Johnson’s Russia List, Moscow Times, Korea Herald, Los Angeles Times, Russia Profile, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Voice of America and other media outlets.
Past Livestreams in this Series:
Assassination at Home and Abroad:
Wednesday, February 24 @10AM MT
Russia stands accused of assassinating regime opponents at home and abroad in a campaign of terror and political repression. Alexei Navalny, one of President Putin’s fiercest and most creative critics, recently returned to Russia after narrowly surviving poisoning with Novichok, a military grade chemical weapon. Navalny’s immediate detention by Russian authorities and quick sentencing to prison has sparked protests across Russia resulting in thousands of arrests. What do these developments mean for Russia, for President Putin’s hold on power, and for Parliamentary elections scheduled in September 2021? Does Navalny’s brave stance have a chance of succeeding in changing Russia’s authoritarian system, or will Putin’s crackdowns on protest and dissent again succeed in solidifying his grip?
Speakers: Paul Kolbe is a veteran CIA officer and executive with 25 years of service in the Directorate of Operations and led operations in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Following his CIA career, Mr. Kolbe was Director for Intelligence at BP where he focused on geopolitical and cyber threats Paul is currently the Director of the Intelligence Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Shaun Walker is a foreign correspondent for The Guardian based in Budapest. He spent more than a decade reporting from Moscow and was The Guardian‘s bureau chief there between 2013 and 2018. His book The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, and radio host. Since 2007, she has been the Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian-language independent political weekly. Currently she is a Senior fellow at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, working on her new book.
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