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.
- February 28, 9am-10:30am: Dagmar Rychnovská and Michal Smetana, "From Fake News to Hybrid Warfare: The Militarization of Disinformation Debate in the Czech Republic." Sponsored by ESI and CISAC.
- February 28, 12pm-1:15pm: Mikhail Shishkin, "Poets and Czars: From Pushkin to Putin, the Sad Tale of Democracy in Russia." Sponsored by CREEES.
- March 2, 12pm-1:15pm: Alena Ledeneva, "Global Corruption versus National Isolationism." Sponsored by CREEES.
- March 3, 12pm-1:30pm. William B. Taylor. "US-Ukraine Relations: Strengths and Weaknesses of US Policy Toward Ukraine with Recommendations for Future Initiatives." Sponsored by ESI.
- March 6, 12pm-1:15pm: Emily Margarethe Haber, "Germany, Europe, and Russia." Sponsored by CREEES, CISAC, and The Europe Center.
- March 17, 12pm-1:30pm: Michael O'Hanlon, "Beyond NATO: A New Security Architecture for Eastern Europe." Sponsored by CISAC.
- April 3, all day: The Annual Stanford-Berkeley Conference on Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Sponsored by CREEES and UC Berkeley's Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
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Winter Series on Economic and Social Policy:
- David Szakonyi, "Russia as a Failed Developmental State: Economic Policy and Predation Under Sanctions" (January 14, 2020)
- Judy Twigg, "Health and Human Capital in Putin's Russia" (February 4, 2020)
- Samuel Greene and Graeme Robertson, "Putin or the People? The Surprising Politics of Authoritarianism in Russia" (February 18, 2020)
Fall Series on Russia's Political Order Under Putin:
- Evgeniya Chirikova, "Russian Grassroots Activism for the Environment and Beyond" (October 25, 2019)
- Brian Taylor, "Putin, Putinism, and US-Russia Relations" (November 4, 2019) — watch on YouTube
- Kathryn Stoner, "Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in A New Global Order" (November 21, 2019; sponsored by CISAC)
- Nigel Gould-Davies, "Russia, the West, and Sanctions" (November 22, 2019)
- Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, "Authoritarian Legitimation and Insecure Collective Identity: Lessons From Putin’s Russia" (November 22, 2019)