Developing a better relationship with Russia has to be tempered with Moscow’s apparent view of the West as a threat. This view, and the Russian actions that result from it, can be difficult for people in the West to understand.
In his new book, Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West, Keir Giles draws on Russia’s history to the present day to explain why the Kremlin feels it has no choice but to challenge the West.
He argues that understanding – or at least accepting – this worldview forms an essential starting point for managing relations with Russia without lurching from crisis to crisis.
Why does Russia misread Western intentions so consistently?
How can past experience of both successful and unsuccessful engagement guide future attempts?
And can recognizing the reality of confrontation with Russia help the West manage the challenge from Moscow effectively while avoiding the risk of a deeper conflict?
Keir Giles, Senior Consulting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Alena Ledeneva, Professor of Politics and Society, University College London