Book Talk. Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest, by Angela Stent

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm
1501 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th Street, 15th Floor)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Center on Global Energy Policy for a discussion with Angela Stent (Georgetown University) about her new book, Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest (Twelve, February 2019), joined by Jonathan Elkind (Center on Global Energy Policy) and Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute).

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Stent's book describes a paranoid and polarized world of Putin’s making and a leader who, through guile and disruption, has resurrected Russia’s status as a force to be reckoned with. How did Russia manage to emerge resurgent on the world stage and play a weak hand so effectively? Is it because Putin is a brilliant strategist? Is it because of Russia’s abundant energy endowment? Is it because Putin has inappropriately politicized energy trade with Europe and neighboring post-Soviet countries? Or has Russia stepped into a vacuum created by the West's distraction with its own domestic problems and U.S. ambivalence about whether it still wants to act as a superpower? In Putin's World, Stent examines the country's turbulent past and how it has influenced Putin; Russians' understanding of their position on the global stage and their future ambitions; and their conviction that the West has tried to deny them a seat at the table of great powers since the Soviet collapse.

Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and a professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University.

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This event is open to press. Media attending the event should register using the registration link above. Media inquiries or requests for interviews should be directed to Artealia Gilliard (ag4144@sipa.columbia.edu).

Guests unable to attend in person can view a livestream of the event at energypolicy.columbia.edu/livestream.

For more information contact: energypolicy@columbia.edu.