The Kremlin Spectrum: Western Approaches Towards Russia

The panel debates the very real disparities in how Russia is viewed in the West.

Members event, Panel Recording
14 May 2019 — 6:00PM TO 7:15PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

Few subjects in international affairs seem to polarize Western expert opinion like Russia. From so-called apologists to so-called hawks – both over-generalized descriptions – the differences in how Russia is perceived occur at every level. From ‘how have Western experts arrived to where they are?’ to ‘what to do now?’, approaches to Russia vary greatly.

  • How will these disparities manifest themselves in future policy options?

  • How are the domestic, foreign and security policies of Russia perceived among these different groups and why does this matter?


Sir Rodric Braithwaite, GCMG, British Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1988–91)

Edward Lucas, Senior Vice-President, Center for European Policy Analysis; Columnist, The Times

Domitilla Sagramoso, Lecturer in Security and Development, King’s College London

Dr Aglaya Snetkov, Lecturer, UCL

Chair: Bobo Lo, Non-Resident Fellow, Lowy Institute

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