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Vladimir Putin's Russia

February 28, 2017 at 5:15 PM 
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Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall
The Citadel Campus
Charleston, SC
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'Vladimir Putin's Russia - big problems at home; aggressive posture and success abroad. What does Putin seek, and can we work with him?'

Facing Russian subversion in Ukraine, Crimean annexation, heavy military combat in Syria in support of Assad, past pressures on Georgia, anxieties in the Baltic countries about Moscow's intentions, and cyber political meddling, Russia under Vladimir Putin dominates foreign policy discourse in Washington. Yet, flexing Russian muscle abroad exists with serious weakness at home. 

Dr. Stephen Crowley, Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Kennan Institute in Washington, will discuss these strands in sorting out what drives Putin and the parameters of U.S. relations with Russia, now and looking ahead. The Kennan Institute is a premier center of Russia-related analysis and writing.  Dr. Crowley is also Professor and Chair of Russian and East European Studies at Oberlin College and author of numerous publications. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and received his Ph.D from the University of Michigan.  





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