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Tuesday 26 May – Dr. Bettina Renz: “Russia’s military revival”.

22nd May 2020

Dear All – this is a reminder for the next talk on Tuesday 26 May, starting at 19:00 (but please click on the Zoom link 5/10 minutes beforehand).

Dr. Bettina Renz: “Russia’s military revival”

At the end of the Cold War the once formidable Red Army was divided up among the successor states. While Russia could boast the largest number of weapons and men under arms, corruption and demoralisation drastically reduced their effectiveness, while the US and its allies raced ahead. Only with the invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and subsequent campaign in Syria have Russia’s conventional forces begun to demonstrate their potential. Dr Bettina Renz explains how this happened.

Dr Bettina Renz is an associate professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the University of Birmingham, where she completed her PhD, she previously taught at King’s College London and the Royal Air Force College. She is an expert on post-Soviet Russia’s security and defence policy and has published widely on Russian military reforms and thinking, most recently authoring Russia’s military revival in 2018.

As usual for our Zoom talks, those who have booked will receive an email from our Hon Secretary, Henry Pares, with a link to the event, the evening before the talk, inviting them to take part by clicking on the link. If anyone doesn’t receive the link, please let me know and I will forward it on to you. 

The Zoom talks all cost £5 per household booking. If you would like to use a credit, please let me know and I will add you to the list so you can be sent the on-line invitation. The timings and format are similar to our physical talks; the speaker will address the Society for around 45 minutes, and this will be followed by a half-hour question and answer session. When participants join, we request that they mute their microphones for the whole talk. During the question and answer session, anyone wishing to ask a question, should click on the ‘Raise hand’ icon that will be visible on the screen and wait to be invited by the chairman to speak. They would at that point, unmute their microphone.

We look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday.

Best wishes



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