Thursday November 26 @ 1800 – Maxim Samorukov – Russia in the Balkans: A Paper Tiger ?
Today, as in the past, international observers view the Balkans as the target of Russian influence efforts. In his talk, Maxim Samorukov, an expert on Russia’s role in Central and Eastern Europe, explores Russia’s aims in this region, the instruments used to expand its influence there and the prospects of its efforts, especially in the areas of energy, domestic politics and conflict resolution. Bridging the past and the present, he considers how history — from the distant past to more recently the post-Cold War competition for influence in the region between Russia and the West — shapes Moscow’s ambivalent relations with Balkan capitals.
Maxim Samorukov is a fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Centre and deputy editor of its website, Carnegie.ru. A graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Samorukov previously worked at Slon.ru, the independent news website, serving as correspondent, editor and columnist. His articles on Russia’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe have appeared in Axios, Balkan Insight and The Moscow Times, among other news outlets.