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16 October: Russia’s Relations with the West: Is the West’s strategy for dealing with Russia fit for purpose?

10th October 2019

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Wednesday 16th October at Open Russia Club, 67 Wimpole Street, W1G 8AP

Russia’s Relations with the West: Is the West’s strategy for dealing with Russia fit for purpose?


Ruth Deyermond and Malcolm Chalmers


The advent of the Ukraine crisis in 2014 began a period of more open confrontation and conflict between Russia and the West. Outside of the Donbass the conflict has deepened and resulted in more ‘incidents’, from the Skripal poisoning to military confrontation between US and Russian forces in Syria. The sanctions regime constructed in 2014 has clearly failed to change Russia’s behaviour, but does the West have other, better options? And what is the current course actually accomplishing?


Dr Ruth Deyermond (BA Oxon, MA Warwick, MA PhD Essex) is senior lecturer in post-Soviet security at King’s College London, where she co-convenes the War Studies Department’s Russian and Eurasian Security Research Group. Before joining academia, she worked in HM Treasury. She is the author of Security and Sovereignty in the Former Soviet Union (2008) and the forthcoming title The US and Russia after the Cold War: Diplomacy and power in a post-Soviet world.


Professor Malcolm Chalmers (BA Cambridge, MA East Anglia, PhD Bradford) is deputy director-general of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI). Before joining RUSI as research director in 2011, he taught at the University of Bradford and King’s College London and served as senior special adviser to foreign secretaries Jack Straw and Margaret Beckett. He has been actively involved in the UK–Russia Security Dialogue, a project RUSI has co-hosted with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) since 2016, travelling to Moscow on several occasions.


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