Russian Elites and Western Sanctions: A Political Economy Under Strain?

Monday, January 28, 2019
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a talk with Nigel Gould-Davies (Mahidol University and Chatham House).

Western financial and legal systems provide essential protection for Russian elite assets and reputation. Sanctions threaten continued access to these services. If sanctions intensify, they may disrupt a set of bargains between the Russian state, oligarchs and Western interests that have helped stabilise Putin’s political economy. What choices face Russia’s elites, what power do they have to protect their interests, and what are the implications for Russia’s future and Western policy?

Dr. Nigel Gould-Davies is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and teaches at Mahidol University in Thailand. He taught at Oxford University before joining the British Foreign Office, where his roles included head of the Economic Department in Moscow, Ambassador to Belarus, and project director in the Policy Planning Staff. From 2010-14 he was head of Policy and Corporate Affairs for BG Group in Central and Southeast Asia. His book “Tectonic Politics: Global Risk in an Age of Transformation” will be published by Brookings in 2019. He holds an M.Phil. from Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.