Works-in-Progress: Modern Russian Politics – Myths and Realities

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are pleased to announce the 9th talk of the Fall 2016 WiP series on “Modern Russian Politics – Myths and Realities” by Archil Sikharulidze, Tbilisi State University. 

Russia was, is and always will be a complicated subject. It represents a continuous confrontation between West and East, and many myths have been born of this confrontation. This talk will examine some of the more popular perceptions and try to present alternative views.

Such issues include:

The internal dimension

• Good Putin and bad Yeltsin as opposed to good Yeltsin and bad Putin
• Russia’s Putin as opposed to Putin’s Russia
• Putin’s regime will survive vs. Putin’s regime will collapse

The external dimension

• Putin’s old policy vs. Putin’s new policy
• Mother Russia as opposed to an unpredicted Russia
• Russia’s supposedly non-existent soft power 

Archil Sikharulidze is a PhD student in Political Science and an invited lecturer at Tbilisi State University. His research interests are Russian Studies and Public Administration. He is also the editor of the Georgian Journal of Systemic Politics (Russian Studies). He has published analyses and op-ed pieces in OpenDemocracy, RussiaDirect, Pathways to Peace and Security, New Eastern Europe and the Russian newspaper Izvestiya. 

W-i-P is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that takes place at the new office of CRRC at Chkhikvadze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.

The purpose of the W-i-P series is to provide support and productive criticism to those researching and developing academic projects pertaining the Caucasus region.

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