Dr. Pat Willerton
will speak on
Putin, the Search for a National Identity,
and the Future of Russian-American Relations
More than twelve years into the Putin era, Russia has overcome the legacy of a “failing state,” with considerable advances in the so-called “quadruple revolution” of political, economic, and social change combined with the search for a post-Soviet national identity. The most elusive of these four challenges, finding a new 21st century national identity, is arguably the most complex and affects both domestic and foreign policies. Putin’s consolidation of power, economic progress, and renewed foreign policy assertiveness are all relevant factors as Russia moves beyond its Imperial and Soviet past. More than twenty years after the Soviet collapse, Russians continue the struggle to define a post-communist society, their role as a regional and global power, and most important for us, how these trends will influence the future of Russian-American relations.
Professsor Pat Willerton is an associate professor of political Science in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. The author of a book and 50 articles and chapters, his primary research interests involve the Russian presidency and political elite. He also publishes on Russian foreign policy, especially Russia’s relations with other former Soviet Union (FSU) state, with special attention to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). An award-winning teacher and frequent public speaker, he has been traveling to Russia since 1982, most recently in August 2013.
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Time: Social Hour 11:30 – Announcements & Lunch 12:00 – Speaker and Discussion 12:45
Location: The Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm Street
Meal Choices: $32.00 each
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