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The Soviet Union, 25 Years On
Mon 5 December 2016, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT
A quarter of a century ago, the Soviet Union dissolved and the Cold War ended. These two events were so momentous that some observers even argued that history was coming to an end. 25 years later, though, much has changed. The West and Russia now find themselves in an increasingly tense and dangerous standoff. The second in a series of three events exploring developments in the Former Soviet Union since 1991, this event focuses on Russia.
By kind invitation of James Gray MP, The Henry Jackson Society, in association with Open Russia, is pleased to invite you to an event with Arkady Ostrovsky, Vladimir Pastukhov, and Sir Andrew Wood. The three distinguished speakers will discuss developments that have taken place over the last 25 years. Have they been for the best, or not? What have we learned about Russia and the West since 1991? When did the strategic dissonance between Russia and the West begin? What did the West do right and wrong? What can (or should) the West learn from past mistakes? And what are the next 25 years likely to have in store?
Arkady Ostrovsky is Russia and Eastern Europe editor for The Economist. He is the author of the 2016 Orwell Prize winning book The Invention of Russia: The Journey from Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War. He is regular contributor to radio and television programs around the world, including the BBC and NPR. He holds a doctorate degree in English Literature (University of Cambridge, 1998) and has contributed to the first Cambridge History of Russian Theatre as well as to collections of essays on theatre history published in the America, UK, France, Russia and Brazil.
Vladimir Pastukhov is a Doctor of Political Science and Visiting Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. In the 1990s he worked as a fellow at the Institute for Comparative Political Sciences and the Institute of Latin America (both under the Russian Academy of Sciences). He served as counsel to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, as well as to the State Duma and the Moscow City Mayor’s Office. He is the author of several books and over 200 scholarly articles on constitutional law and political science. He is one of the authors of the report Constitutional Crisis in Russia and How to Resolve It by The Institute of Modern Russia.
Sir Andrew Wood is an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia programme at Chatham House. He is also a consultant to a number of companies with an interest in Russia. Following a range of diplomatic posts he served as British Ambassador to Yugoslavia from 1985 to 1989. From 1995 to 2000 Wood served as British Ambassador to Russia and Moldova. He is an expert on Russia’s domestic and foreign policies.