Putin and Russia: A Threat to World Peace?
Thursday 25 September 2014
Blenheim Palace: The OrangeryVenue
Ukraine’s recent moves to embrace the West have upset Russia, leading to the annexation of Crimea by Russia and tensions in the rest of Ukraine. Our panellists look at what drives Russia and President Putin. Is the rise of modern Russia a threat to world peace, and what does Putin really think about Ukraine, about the West and about the oligarchs that drive the country’s economy?
Liam Fox MP is a former secretary of state for defence in the Coalition Government. His first book, Rising Tides, was shortlisted for Paddy Power Debut Political Book of the Year 2013. In it, he looks at the rapidly changing face of the world and asks what decision-makers fear are the threats to world peace and stability.
Richard Sakwa is professor of Russian and European politics and head of the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent. His latest book is Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorovsky-Yukos Affair, in which he looks at business tycoon Mikhail Khodorovsky’s confrontation with Putin, his arrest, 14-year prison sentence and recent release.
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