This talk draws on Richard Sakwa’s forthcoming book “Russia against the Rest: The Post-Cold War Crisis of World Order”(Cambridge University Press 2018).

When George Orwell coined the term ‘cold war’ for an article in Tribune in October 1945, he could hardly have imagined that 70 years later we would still be discussing whether the term was the right one to describe the renewed period of confrontation between Russia and the West. The nuclear balance helped prolong indefinitely a ‘peace that is no peace’, as Orwell put it. In 2014 the European security system established in the wake of the Cold War collapsed. For a quarter of a century old institutions and practices were perpetuated while new ideas failed to flourish. The fundamental questions of European security had not been resolved. The failure to create a comprehensive peace order gave way to renewed confrontation and divisions. Europe once again resumed its apparently interminable ‘civil wars’, and Russia focused on Eurasian integration and the establishment of an anti-hegemonic alignment. The elements of a new Cold War are only part of a broader global shift.

Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent in Canterbury and is an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. After graduating in History from the London School of Economics, he gained a PhD from CREES at the University of Birmingham. He held lectureships at the Universities of Essex and California, Santa Cruz, before joining the University of Kent in 1987. He has published widely on Soviet, Russian and post-communist affairs. Books include Communism in Russia: An Interpretative Essay(Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), The Crisis of Russian Democracy(CUP 2011) and Putin Redux: Power and Contradiction in Contemporary Russia (London & New York, Routledge, 2014). His latest book is Frontline in Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands,an extended paperback version of which was published by I.B. Tauris in 2016.

Tea, Coffee & Biscuits at 6.30 pm. Talk starts at 7.00pm.

* – in cooperation with The Great Britain – Russia Society

Please note that this event will be in English, without translation into Russian.