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Sovereignty and Legitimacy in the Post-Soviet Space

Chatham House, London


Sir Tony Brenton, Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge; UK Ambassador to Russia (2004-08)
Edward Lucas, Senior Editor, The Economist
James Nixey, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Professor Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent; Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House


This event will explore different conceptions of sovereignty and offer different views of the legitimacy of Russia’s actions in the post-Soviet space. The aim is to engage in an in-depth discussion on the differing views of the post-Soviet states’ freedom of action: some contend that the EU and NATO should not antagonize Russia by over-engaging with its neighbourhood, while others argue that the post-Soviet states should be free to choose any foreign policy trajectory they desire. The panellists will share contrasting views on these questions in brief initial remarks, which will be followed by discussion among all participants, rather than a Q&A. 

This meeting will be held on the record.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.