Book Talk. Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West by Keir Giles

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a talk with Keir Giles, Senior Consulting Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House and Director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre, about his book Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West (Brookings Institution Press, January 2019).

Why does Russia misread Western intentions so consistently? How can past experience of both successful and unsuccessful engagement guide future attempts? And can recognizing the reality of confrontation with Russia help the West manage the challenge from Moscow effectively while avoiding the risk of a deeper conflict? In his new book, Moscow Rules, Keir Giles draws on Russia's history to the present day to explain why the Kremlin feels it has no choice but to challenge the West. He argues that understanding—or at least accepting—this worldview forms an essential starting point for managing relations with Russia without lurching from crisis to crisis. At this event, Keir Giles will present key findings from the book and address a number of critically important questions for dealing with Russia.

Keir Giles is a senior consulting fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. Giles spent the early 1990s in the former USSR. With the BBC Monitoring Service, he reported on political and economic affairs in the former Soviet Union for UK government customers. He also wrote for several years as a Russia correspondent for UK aviation journals. Other professional experience in Russia includes a period with Ernst & Young working on intricate and constantly shifting Russian business law. While attached to the UK Defence Academy's Research and Assessment Branch (R&AB), he wrote and briefed for UK and overseas government and academic customers on Russian military, defence and security issues; Russia's relations with NATO and with its neighbours in Northern Europe; and human factors affecting decision-making in Russia. In addition to Giles's work with Chatham House, he leads the Conflict Studies Research Centre, a group of subject matter experts in Eurasian security.