Date(s) - Tuesday, July 1 2014
Vladimir Putin: Personality and Power
Professor Allen Lynch
Tuesday, July 1
Fear of a vacuum of power has haunted Putin ever since he confronted a mob at the Dresden KGB headquarters in December 1989 without military backup or any instructions from Moscow. He has dedicated his life to filling that vacuum and preventing it from recurring, as seen in his approach to the war in Chechnya, domestic political opposition, and now on Russia’s western borderlands in Ukraine. At the same time, as an advanced black belt in judo, Putin knows the danger of reaching too far. The collapse of the political deal negotiated with Russian and European mediation on February 21, 2014 created a massive vacuum of power in Ukraine that was being filled by anti-Russian leaders. Putin acted swiftly, first in Crimea and now in eastern Ukraine, to counteract that vacuum. How far will he go?
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About the Speaker:
Allen Lynch is Professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he teaches international relations and Russian studies. He has served as the Director of Research at the University’s Center for International Studies, Director of the University’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, Assistant Director of the Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union at Columbia University, Deputy Director of Studies at the Institute for East-West Security Studies in New York City, and Executive Vice President of the Feris Foundation of America. He is currently Co-Treasurer of the Friends of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. His Ph.D. is in Political Science, Columbia University. In 2011, he published an interpretive biography, Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft, which has since been translated into Chinese, and he has authored five other books about Russia, the Balkans, the Soviet Union and the Cold War, many published by Cambridge and Oxford University presses. In 2007 he received Teaching Awards from the University of Virginia and the American Political Science Association. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and numerous other journals in North America, Europe, Russia and China. He has consulted for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, FBI Academy, U.S. Air Force’s Special Service School, U.S. On-Site Inspection Agency, U.S. Army’s National Grounds Intelligence Center, and the Kettering Foundation.
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