02/01/2018 – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 1.314
301 DEAN KEETON ST E, Austin, Texas 78712
Chris Miller Assistant Professor of International History, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Eurasia Research Director, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Sarah Sokhey Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Colorado Boulder; author of “Social Spending and Putin’s Popularity”
Yuval Weber Assistant Professor at the National Research University–Higher School of Economics in the World Economy and International Affairs department; Global Fellow, The Wilson Center; UT alumnus; and author of “Russia’s Debate about Economic Growth”
On March 18, Russian voters will head to the polls to elect a president. The result is predictable—but what will come next?
Russia faces increasing political and economic dilemmas. On the political front, Putin’s next term as president should be his last, given constitutional term limits. Will he change the constitution, step down, or find some other means of retaining power? On the economic front, Russia has stabilized from the twin shocks of sanctions and oil prices, but the economy is stagnant, growing slower than rivals such as the US or Europe. What strategies does the Kremlin have to address these issues? Can the Kremlin revitalize Russia, or is the country set for stagnation? The speakers will present research based on recently-published papers on the future of Russian political economy.
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