Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Will Agreeing to Russia’s Demands Make the World a Safer Place?

5 March 2018 - 14:00 to 16:00

Chatham House, London


John Berryman, Associate Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, University of  London
Anna Matveeva, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of War Studies, Kings College London
Arkady Ostrovsky, Russia and Eastern Europe Editor, The Economist
Shaun Walker, Moscow Correspondent, The Guardian
Chair: James Nixey, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House



This debate is intended to usefully highlight the genuine disagreement between experts and western policymakers over the West’s handling of Russia. For some, agency lies mostly with Russia: an inferiority complex, loss-of-empire syndrome and a rising conservative nationalism are cited as causes of the nadir in relations. For others, the West bears the larger share of responsibility, be it a result of Westphalian hegemony, or past exploitation or neglect.

Because the causes are disputed, so are the solutions. The speakers will discuss this and participants are invited to draw – and express – their own conclusions to this most vital of questions in the ensuing discussion.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.