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November 14, 2016

Event: ‘The New Politics of Russia: Interpreting Change’

Henry Jackson Society

amTIME: 12:30-13:30, Monday 14th November 2016

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower,
21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4QP

SPEAKER: Dr Andrew Monaghan, Author, The New Politics of Russia: Interpreting Change, Senior Research Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

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From the war in Syria to the emergency in Ukraine, Russia dominates today’s headlines. Yet the political realities of contemporary Russia are poorly understood by Western observers and policy-makers, often leading to a strong sense of surprise at Russian behavior in Euro-Atlantic capitals. But getting Russia right matters. As the disagreements seem to grow between the West and Russia, and the trajectory appears to head towards a more competitive relationship, we are entering a new era in relations. Understanding the reasons behind Russian actions on the world stage – and how Russia is evolving domestically – could not be more important.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr Andrew Monaghan, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House and author of The New Politics of Russia: Interpreting Change. Monaghan will begin by exploring the persistent sense of surprise in the West about Russian actions, and the underlying reasons for this. He will then give an overview of the increasingly systematic sense of strategic dissonance between the Euro-Atlantic community and Russia, reflecting on how both sides increasingly appear to inhabit different worlds. Finally, the talk will delve into Russian domestic politics, looking first at the wider political landscape, the nature of opposition and protest in Russia, and then more at who is who and why.

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Dr Andrew Monaghan is Senior Research Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, where his work is supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Until late 2012, he led the Russia related research in the Research Division of the NATO Defence College (NDC) in Rome. He has also been an Academic Visitor at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and Senior Research Associate at the Advanced Research and Assessment Group (ARAG), at the Defence Academy of the UK.