Thursday, October 17, 6:30 pm, Fahy Hall 236, Seton Hall University campus
History professors Maxim Matusevich and Nathaniel Knight will lead an
open panel discussion focusing on recent political developments in
Russia and their impact on U.S.-Russian relations. Following the
collapse of the Soviet Union and the transitional turmoil of the 1990s
Russia once again has been asserting itself as a major international
player, an ascendancy most vividly demonstrated during the recent
chemical weapons crisis in Syria. While Russia under the rule of its
long-time president Vladimir Putin has emerged as a resource-wealthy and
influential nation its regime often finds itself at odds both with
Russia's Western partners and its own educated elites, disillusioned by
the high levels of economic corruption and political repression.
Vladimir Putin's response to this challenges often veered towards a
defensive stance emphasizing Russia's "traditional" values and "unique"
development path. As a result anti-Western, and especially
anti-American, sentiments have often boiled to the surface of
impassioned political debates whereby the urban educated and
professional elites, demanding transparency and accountability by the
regime, have been routinely accused of kowtowing to the West.
Considering Russia's newly gained international visibility, its
prominent role on the UN Security Council, and its enormous wealth in
mineral resources, the outcome of these domestic debates in Russia can
be of profound importance for U.S.-Russian relations and the stability
of international environment.
This event is co-sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies
Program, the History Department, and the Slavic Club. It is free and
open to the public. Slavic refreshments will be served.
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