In this eight-week series, participants gather to discuss key foreign policy issues facing the world today. Lead by volunteer moderators, participants will engage in moderated discussions with their fellow citizens. This year’s topics will include The Waning of Pax Americana, Russia’s Foreign Policy, China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation, Media and Foreign Policy, Turkey: A Partner in Crisis, U.S. Global Engagement and the Military, South Africa’s Fragile Democracy, and Global Health: Progress and Challenges.
This week’s topic is Russia’s Foreign Policy. Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies, namely along Russia’s historical borderlands. Russia caused an international uproar in 2016, when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. But Putin’s foreign policy toolkit includes other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria. How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the United States respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions?
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, January 30 – March 20, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Fee: $195, includes all sessions, readings and light refreshments. Scholarships available.