The next session’s talks are now listed on our website. The first one is on:
Wednesday 8th May 2019, at 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP, at 6.30 pm for 7.00pm
“GERMANY’S RUSSIA CHALLENGE” MR. JOHN LOUGH
Of all European countries, Germany cares the most about Russia. Common historical and cultural experience is central to Germany’s view of Russia and its instinctive desire to include Russia in European affairs. After the collapse of the USSR, Germany invested considerable effort in building political, economic, cultural and human links with Russia in the hope that they would bind Russia to Europe and support its modernisation process. However, Russia’s abrupt turn away from Europe that climaxed in 2014 left Germans aghast. Remarkably, in the absence of the US, Germany led the EU’s response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine that backed diplomacy with sanctions. Five years later, Germany is struggling to develop a broader concept for managing relations with Russia and its limited ability to lead a long-term European response to the challenge posed by Russia.
John Lough is an Associate Fellow of the Russia & Eurasia Programme at Chatham House and a regular commentator on Russian and Eastern European affairs. He has a deep personal interest in Germany’s relations with Russia that began with the study of German and Russian literature at Cambridge University. This continued in his early career at the Soviet Studies Research Centre at Sandhurst where he was responsible for covering the USSR’s relations with a divided Germany. In the mid 1990s, he was NATO’s first representative to be based in Moscow. His office was at the German Embassy from 1996 to 1998. After leaving NATO , he worked as an international affairs manager at TNK-BP (2003-2008) Russia’s third largest oil company where he was responsible for the company’s outreach activities in Germany. He authored a monograph on Germany’s relations with Russia that was published by NATO Defence College in 2018. He is a fluent speaker of German and Russian.