Over time, Russia’s hostile relations with the West have surged, culminating in what looks like a near total break linked to Russia’s intense war on Ukraine. In this year’s annual Russia conference, we examine the spiral of hostilities since the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea and invasion of the Donbas.How have words mattered? Is official political rhetoric merely propaganda, and does it influence relations between Russia and the West on a more fundamental level? What are the trade-offs between threat of force and talk across the table? Finally, considering Russia’s war against Ukraine, what are the prospects for Russia–Europe relations?
The conference will feature scholars such as Viacheslav Morozov (University of Tartu, Estonia), Gwendolyn Sasse (Director of ZOiS, Berlin, Germany), Gerard Toal (Virginia Tech, USA), Julie Wilhelmsen and other NUPI fellows.
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