The World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts six speaking events each year, three in each the spring and fall.  During those seasons, come to this page to find information about each upcoming speaker, and the date and time of the event.

Vladimir Putin: How Russia's Leader Sees Himself, His Country, and Ours

October 01, 2018 at 5:15 PM 
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The Citadel Alumni Center
69 Hagood Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403

''War in Georgia. Civil war in Ukraine. Annexation of Crimea. Pushing the envelope in the Baltics. Military intervention in Syria. Cyber-hacking in the U.S. And more. Over the past few years all tied to Vladimir Putin's Russia, now back on the world stage (and the front page) confronting U.S. policy and institutions. 

Who is Putin? What motivates him? Our opening meeting  for the WACC's 2018 - 2019 season will analyze and address this key global personality and political figure. 

Few are as well qualified to discuss the man and his country as  Wayne Merry, Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington.

He is a leading expert on Russia, widely published and a frequent speaker on President Putin, having spent 26 years in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer specializing in Soviet and post-Soviet issues. This included six years at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow where he was in charge of political analysis during the breakup of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet years. He served in Washington in the Treasury, State and Defense Department.  At the Pentagon he was Regional Director for Russia, the Ukraine and Eurasia. He also served at U.S. Marine Corps headquarters and on Capitol Hill.  

He is a former program director for the Atlantic Council of the United States. 

This event is part of the “Kennan Conversations” program of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. The Kennan Conversation program brings top experts on Russia and the region to cities across the United States, so that local audiences have the opportunity to listen to and engage with them and learn more about this increasingly important part of the world.

Click here for the podcast of the meeting