Russia, Syria and The Return of Putin: Where Now for Russia’s Foreign Policy?

Event date: 
Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:00 to 11:30


United Kingdom

Vladimir Putin’s return as President of Russia has been accompanied by renewed tension with the West over the conflict in Syria, and intensified the focus on Russia’s role in the international community.

This exclusive roundtable will address questions such as what are Russia’s objectives in Syria and the Middle East? What are President Putin’s third term foreign policy objectives, and will they differ from those of his first two terms? Is the reset in relations with the United States now over? How will stronger domestic opposition affect Russian foreign policy? How can Russia be held to its international commitments? What factors will affect Russia’s behaviour as a global energy supplier? Will the euro crisis affect the balance in relations between the EU and Russia? And will there be further conflict with the West in areas such as missile defence, Iran and Russia’s neighbours?

Speakers include:

Sir Tony Brenton – Former British Ambassador to Russia, 2004-2008, Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge

Professor Margot Light – Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Expert on post-Soviet politics and Russia’s foreign policy.

The discussion will be chaired by David Clark, Chair of the Russia Foundation.

We would be delighted if you were able to join us for this event. Please RSVP to Tom Mauchline on or 020 7550 5625. Refreshments will be provided.