Is Putin's Russia a great strategic foe?

 On July 18, The Centre for Independent Studies will host a timely debate on whether Russia is a great western geopolitical threat. Watch Peter Jennings (executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute) and Michael Danby (Federal Labor MP for Melbourne Ports) take on Kirill Nourzhanov (senior lecturer at the Australian National University’s College of Arts and Social Science) and Alexey Muraviev (associate professor of national security and strategic studies at Curtin University).

In recent years, Russia has occupied Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, intervened in eastern Ukraine, aided Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and allegedly meddled in the 2016 US presidential election. In response, the Western conventional wisdom has blamed Vladimir Putin for undermining what is termed the rules-based liberal international order.

Meanwhile, July 18 marks the centenary of the Bolshevik assassination of the Romanov royal family. To put the revolutionary events of 1917-1918 in a broader historical context, Tom Switzer will have a conversation with Sheila Fitzpatrick, one of the world’s pre-eminent historians of Russia.

Wednesday, June 27, 6 pm – 7 pm. Tickets $15 Members*, $25 Non-Members. Bookings essential. Canapes and Drinks provided.

Level 1 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Secure your place now.

*Paying an annual membership of $150 or greater.

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