Public lecture

Dr. David Cadier, Fellow in International Strategy and Diplomacy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will give a talk on the basis of his recent publication on

Russia’s Foreign Policy: Ideas, Domestic Politics and External Relations

on 18 November 2015 from 16:15-18:00 at the Institute of Government and Politics, Lossi 36-305.

About the book
The Ukraine crisis in 2014 took many observers by surprise. Its magnitude and implications necessitate a better understanding of the drivers of Russia’s actions in international politics. Russia’s Foreign Policy: Ideas, Domestic Politics and External Relations analyses the evolution and main determinants of Russia’s foreign policy choices. Its various chapters, written by renowned specialists in the field, shed light on and attempt to explain some of the new trends – including an increasingly nationalistic tone in foreign policy discourse and a heightened level of animosity towards Europe – characterizing Russia’s contemporary policy. This study posits that Russia’s behaviour is driven above all by objectives and imperatives linked to domestic regime consolidation. That is to say, Russia’s foreign policy is the continuation of domestic politics by other means.

See also the book website at Palgrave Macmillan

Dr. David Cadier is a Fellow in International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS and a teaching fellow in the International Relations Department at the LSE. He earned his PhD in Political Sciences and European Studies from Sciences Po (Paris) in 2012. His Dissertation, supervised by Professor Jacques Rupnik, analysed the foreign policies of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia since their accession to the EU. At IDEAS, he is mainly involved in the academic side of the running of the Executive Masters Program in Diplomacy and International Strategy.

The lecture is organized as part of the Jean Monnet module on “The EU’s Engagement with Russia and post-Soviet space” (EURUPN).

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