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Russia, Ukraine and the West: Is Confrontation Inevitable?

Chatham House, London

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Chrystia Freeland, Member of Canadian Parliament
Michael McFaul, US Ambassador to Russia (2012-14)
John Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Moscow Center
Chair: Roger Cohen, Columnist, The New York Times


Recent events in Ukraine have merely sharpened a pre-existing truth that the West and Russia disagree at the most fundamental of levels.  Western politicians in particular can no longer cover up defective relations with empty words of cooperation and partnership. Russia, meanwhile, will use other instruments to ensure that Ukraine - and other countries around its periphery - do not leave its embrace. Geopolitically speaking, wider change is inevitable. The speakers will offer different - sometimes radically different – perspectives on whether compromise can be achieved, or indeed whether it is desirable.  If not, what will be the ramifications of retreat, containment and confrontation? More importantly, what does the future map of Europe and Eurasia look like if and when either side achieves its aims?

This event is held in association with The International New York Times. 

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This event will be followed by a reception.