Location: Moscow, Russia

Project on Russian Power and Purpose in the 21st Century

Examining contemporary Russia’s global interests and influence and formulating responses

About RPP21

The Project on Russian Power and Purpose convenes faculty seminars and open events in which speakers and experts discuss the context and drivers of Kremlin strategy. The Project’s analyses and recommendations will be compiled for publication and circulation among policy makers. 

Under President Putin’s leadership, Russia has consolidated power and exerted influence in its neighborhood and farther afield, with the apparent purpose of reasserting its global status and sowing discord among its rivals. From cyber and military interventionism to the export of soft power messaging and disinformation campaigns, the actions of Putin’s administration have had serious impact in disrupting democracies outside of Russia and contributing to the growth of authoritarianism and populism in former Soviet countries and traditional democracies alike. 

For scholars invested in the former-Soviet space, approaching the threat posed by the Kremlin’s actions and influence must be rooted in a solid grasp of recent Russian history, the interests that shape Kremlin strategy, and the institutional weaknesses in countries where Russia’s resurgent influence has taken hold. The Project on Russian Power and Purpose in the 21st Century seeks to analyze the strategies and interests that have defined Russia’s resurgent place on the international stage and to formulate responses that can guide policymakers in 2020 and beyond. 

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Leadership

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Michael McFaul

Director
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Michael McFaul

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Michael McFaul is the Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies in Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, all at Stanford University.
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Kathryn Stoner

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Kathryn Stoner

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Kathryn Stoner is the Deputy Director at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, as well as the Deputy Director of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy at Stanford University.
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Alice Underwood

Research Scholar
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Alice Underwood

Research Scholar
Alice E.M. Underwood is a Research Scholar at the Project on Russian Power and Purpose in the 21st Century, housed within the Center on International Security and Cooperation.