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The long-awaited ‘Russia Report’, published 21 July by the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, uncovered more than the apparent failure of successive British governments to develop a robust security policy vis-à-vis the Kremlin. The report, in portraying a simultaneously diffuse and seemingly omnipotent threat, laid bare the gaps in policymakers’ understanding of the interests, resources and limitations of Moscow’s various interventions in Western countries.
Rather than looking back, this discussion co-hosted by the Department of War Studies and the King’s Russia Institute will attempt to chart a course forward, asking the questions that the Russia report elided and outlining the contours of a more analytically grounded policy response.
Chair: Natasha Kuhrt is Lecturer in International Peace and Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London co-convenor of the British International Studies Association Working Group on Russian & Eurasian Security. She is co-editor of Assessing Russia’s Power and author of numerous academic articles and chapters on Russian and post-Soviet foreign and security policy.
- Precious Chatterje-Doody is Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the Open University. Prior to joining the OU, she was a research associate on the AHRC-funded project ‘Reframing Russia for the Global Mediasphere: from Cold War to ‘Information War’?”. Her forthcoming book is The Russian Identity Riddle: Unwrapping Russia’s Security Policy.
- Ruth Deyermond is Senior Lecturer in Post-Soviet Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Her work focuses on Russian-American and Russian-European relations during and after the Cold War. She is the author of numerous academic articles and chapters, as well as the book Security and Sovereignty in the Former Soviet Union.
- Sam Greene is Reader in Russian Politics and Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London. His work focuses on Russian internal politics and the link between domestic and foreign policymaking. His books include Putin v the People (with Graeme Robertson) and Moscow in Movement.
- Andrei Soldatov is an investigative journalist focused on Russia’s intelligence and security services, and editor of the security-focused website Agentura.ru. Together with Irina Borogan, he is author of The Compatriots, The Red Web, and The New Nobility.
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