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WGBH Forum Network; Roots and Impact of Putin's Russia

03/22/2007

Roots and Impact of Putin's Russia Marshall Goldman, associate director, Davis Center, Harvard Uri Uri Ra'anan, professor, international relations, BU Russia is reemerging as an international power "as strong as in czarist or Soviet times" and President Vladimir Putin shows troubling tendencies of reverting to authoritarian and imperial habits. Russia recently overtook Saudi Arabia as the world's leading producer of oil, and it has demonstrated a clear willingness to flex this muscle on the world stage. Within its own borders, corruption, contract killing, and media censorship have become routine. Should we regard this nation as a threat to the West, or as an ally? How does its use of energy supplies as an instrument of foreign policy affect global markets? In a country that historically lacks a mechanism for legitimate succession, what should we expect as Putin steps down in 2008? Marshall Goldman, Katherine Wasserman Davis Professor of Russian Economics at Wellesley College (Emeritus) and associate director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and Uri Ra'anan, director of the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology, and Policy and professor of international relations at Boston University, explore the impact of the Kremlin's concentrated political power in an age of booming oil and gas wealth.


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WGBH Forum Network
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Roots and Impact of Putin's Russia
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3400

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ROOTS AND IMPACT OF PUTIN'S RUSSIA MARSHALL GOLDMAN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DAVIS CENTER, HARVARD URI URI RA'ANAN, PROFESSOR, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, BU

RUSSIA IS REEMERGING AS AN INTERNATIONAL POWER "AS STRONG AS IN CZARIST OR SOVIET TIMES" AND PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SHOWS TROUBLING TENDENCIES OF REVERTING TO AUTHORITARIAN AND IMPERIAL HABITS. RUSSIA RECENTLY OVERTOOK SAUDI ARABIA AS THE WORLD'S LEADING PRODUCER OF OIL, AND IT HAS DEMONSTRATED A CLEAR WILLINGNESS TO FLEX THIS MUSCLE ON THE WORLD STAGE. WITHIN ITS OWN BORDERS, CORRUPTION, CONTRACT KILLING, AND MEDIA CENSORSHIP HAVE BECOME ROUTINE. SHOULD WE REGARD THIS NATION AS A THREAT TO THE WEST, OR AS AN ALLY? HOW DOES ITS USE OF ENERGY SUPPLIES AS AN INSTRUMENT OF FOREIGN POLICY AFFECT GLOBAL MARKETS? IN A COUNTRY THAT HISTORICALLY LACKS A MECHANISM FOR LEGITIMATE SUCCESSION, WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT AS PUTIN STEPS DOWN IN 2008?

MARSHALL GOLDMAN, KATHERINE WASSERMAN DAVIS PROFESSOR OF RUSSIAN ECONOMICS AT WELLESLEY COLLEGE (EMERITUS) AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE DAVIS CENTER FOR RUSSIAN AND EURASIAN STUDIES AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY, AND URI RA'ANAN, DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF CONFLICT, IDEOLOGY, AND POLICY AND PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY, EXPLORE THE IMPACT OF THE KREMLIN'S CONCENTRATED POLITICAL POWER IN AN AGE OF BOOMING OIL AND GAS WEALTH.

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