Vladimir Putin, who has ruled Russia as either president or prime minister since 1999, got more than 76% of the vote in March 18th Russian presidential election. What does Putin’s victory mean for Russia? What can we expect from him both domestically and abroad during the next six years? Join FPRI and SAIS Russia Eurasia Club for a conversation on Russia’s present and future. Light lunch will be served.
Alina Polyakova is the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Center on the United States and Europe and adjunct professor of European studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in European politics, far-right populism and nationalism, and Russian foreign policy. Polyakova’s recent book, “The Dark Side of European Integration” (ibidem-Verlag and Columbia University Press, 2015) examines the rise of far-right political parties in Western and Eastern Europe. She has also written extensively on Russian political warfare, Ukraine, and trans-Atlantic relations.
David Szakonyi is an assistant professor of political science at George Washington University, a research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and, for the 2017-2018 academic year, an academy scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. His research focuses on business-government relations and corruption in post-Communist countries, with work published or forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, and Journal of Politics.
Aaron Schwartzbaum is an Associate Scholar in the FPRI Eurasia Program, and is the editor of the FPRI Bear Market Brief. He is currently pursuing an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with concentrations in International Political Economy and International Economics. Prior to starting at SAIS, he worked at Eurasia Group as a researcher for the Eurasia and Global Macro practices. Aaron holds a BA in International Relations and Russian from Haverford College, and has completed the Overseas Language Flagship program in Saint Petersburg, Russia.