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YPFP London: Russia’s role on the international stage: from partner to problem? A conversation with Professor Anne Applebaum and Edward Lucas

June 25, 2013 06:45 pm


11 Charles St W1J 5DW London
United Kingdom

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, hopes ran high that Russia would become a responsible stakeholder in an international system dominated by the United States but respectful of Russia’s interests and political and military clout. Russia was a vital partner on everything from nuclear disarmament, to climate change negotiations and efforts for peace in the Middle East.

More recently, however, Russia’s behaviour has been increasingly alarming. The war in Georgia and its current steadfast support for Bashar Assad have led to serious questions about Russia’s commitment to international peace and cooperation. What has caused this development; is it permanent; and above all, how should the West deal with a Russia that has turned from a partner into a problem?

Join our upcoming debate about Russia’s role in the world with two of the most distinguished experts on the subject, Professor Anne Applebaum and Edward Lucas from The Economist.

This promises to be a lively and controversial debate. Thankfully, the Legatum Institute has devised a fool proof plan to stem the controversy by kindly hosting a reception, so YPFP members will have the opportunity to continue the discussion over drinks in the beautiful surroundings of the LI.


About the speakers:

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate. She is also the Director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London, where she runs projects on political and economic transition. Formerly a member of the Washington Post editorial board, she has also worked as the Foreign and Deputy Editor of the Spectator magazine in London, as the Political Editor of the Evening Standard, and as a columnist at several British newspapers, including the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. From 1988-1991 she covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw correspondent of the Economist magazine. Her acclaimed Gulag: A History, was published in 2003 and won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2004. Her most recent book is Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 (2012). She attended Yale University and Oxford University and is married to the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Radoslaw Sikorski.

Edward Lucas is the Central and Eastern European correspondent for The Economist and is deputy editor of the International section. He has occupied several other European desks at the world’s foremost news weekly, including Moscow Bureau Chief from 1998 to 2002. He’s been a foreign correspondent for The Independent, the BBC World Service, and a producer at BBC Radio. He also was a major shareholder and Managing Editor of The Baltic Independent, an English-language weekly in the Baltic states. He is also the author of The New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West, a book that looks at Russia use of oil to buy stability at home and project power abroad. He studied economics at the London School of Economics. 


This event is open to dues-paying YPFP members only. To sign up for full membership, click here.

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