september 13–17, 2017

Russia – International Perspective:
Putin’s Foreign Policy:
Making Russia Great Again

Mark Galeotti, PhD

Senior Researcher
Institute of International Relations Prague

Dr. Mark Galeotti has been researching Russian history and security issues since the late 1980s. Educated at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, he is now a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and coordinates its Centre for European Security. Dr. Galeotti described Mr. Putin’s objectives to “Make Russia Great Again,” the country’s capabilities to fulfill those objectives, the policies undertaken to implement these plans, and the likely long-term outcomes of these policies. Dr. Galeotti warns that “Russia has entered a new phase of national mobilization. The Kremlin clearly considers itself threatened by − and in a kind of political war with the West − a war started by the West.”

In the Russian view, the West does not honor Russia’s proper place in the world, and this spurs Russian desires to assert their voice in international affairs and fosters sovereignty displays such as the Crimea invasion. Russia wants to push back the influence of the world on Russia. “This Russian drive to world power could unravel the whole fabric of post-World-War II Europe,” Dr. Galeotti said.

In fact, the failure to adapt to globalization and stagnant economic growth, resulting from old industries and a failure to diversify to new technologies is the real challenge. But Russia blames the west for its weakening economy and will seek security through the geopolitics of extortion, seeking to exploit the fault lines between countries in the constellation of democracies that is Europe, instigating crises of legitimacy through misinformation, intimidation, and manipulation.

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september 13–17, 2017

Russia – International Perspective:
Putin’s Foreign Policy:
Making Russia Great Again

Mark Galeotti, PhD

Senior Researcher
Institute of International Relations Prague

Dr. Mark Galeotti has been researching Russian history and security issues since the late 1980s. Educated at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, he is now a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and coordinates its Centre for European Security. Dr. Galeotti described Mr. Putin’s objectives to “Make Russia Great Again,” the country’s capabilities to fulfill those objectives, the policies undertaken to implement these plans, and the likely long-term outcomes of these policies. Dr. Galeotti warns that “Russia has entered a new phase of national mobilization. The Kremlin clearly considers itself threatened by − and in a kind of political war with the West − a war started by the West.”

In the Russian view, the West does not honor Russia’s proper place in the world, and this spurs Russian desires to assert their voice in international affairs and fosters sovereignty displays such as the Crimea invasion. Russia wants to push back the influence of the world on Russia. “This Russian drive to world power could unravel the whole fabric of post-World-War II Europe,” Dr. Galeotti said.

In fact, the failure to adapt to globalization and stagnant economic growth, resulting from old industries and a failure to diversify to new technologies is the real challenge. But Russia blames the west for its weakening economy and will seek security through the geopolitics of extortion, seeking to exploit the fault lines between countries in the constellation of democracies that is Europe, instigating crises of legitimacy through misinformation, intimidation, and manipulation.

september 13–17, 2017

Russia – International Perspective:
Putin’s Foreign Policy:
Making Russia Great Again

Mark Galeotti, PhD

Senior Researcher
Institute of International Relations Prague

Dr. Mark Galeotti has been researching Russian history and security issues since the late 1980s. Educated at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, he is now a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and coordinates its Centre for European Security. Dr. Galeotti described Mr. Putin’s objectives to “Make Russia Great Again,” the country’s capabilities to fulfill those objectives, the policies undertaken to implement these plans, and the likely long-term outcomes of these policies. Dr. Galeotti warns that “Russia has entered a new phase of national mobilization. The Kremlin clearly considers itself threatened by − and in a kind of political war with the West − a war started by the West.”

In the Russian view, the West does not honor Russia’s proper place in the world, and this spurs Russian desires to assert their voice in international affairs and fosters sovereignty displays such as the Crimea invasion. Russia wants to push back the influence of the world on Russia. “This Russian drive to world power could unravel the whole fabric of post-World-War II Europe,” Dr. Galeotti said.

In fact, the failure to adapt to globalization and stagnant economic growth, resulting from old industries and a failure to diversify to new technologies is the real challenge. But Russia blames the west for its weakening economy and will seek security through the geopolitics of extortion, seeking to exploit the fault lines between countries in the constellation of democracies that is Europe, instigating crises of legitimacy through misinformation, intimidation, and manipulation.