China-Russia: Energy, Ethnicity and Tension

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Ben JudahA moderated discussion between Ben Judah, author of 'Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin' and Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Research Fellow, RUSI.

Xi Jinping's decision to make Moscow his first foreign trip as leader of China highlighted the importance of the relationship to Beijing. However, despite the professions of friendship on both sides, the reality is that the Sino-Russian relationship is far from satisfactory for both sides. Both proud of their BRICS status, China and Russia see each other as useful allies on the international stage with common interests in the UN Security Council and on Syria and Iran. However, along their mutual borders and in Central Asia a less cordial relationship can be divined. Fearful of demographics that are against Russia and a China that has a voracious appetite with deep pockets for natural resources and markets, a more hesitant relationship can be found in this common space. Organizations like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) offer a framework for regional engagement, but with very different perspectives between Beijing and Moscow on how the organization should be developing have stymied much progress. To discuss these and many other issues around the China-Russia relationship, Ben Judah, the acclaimed author of the recently published 'Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin' and RUSI Senior Research Fellow Raffaello Pantucci will have a moderated discussion in the RUSI library.

Ben Judah, is the author of 'Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In And Out Of Love With Vladimir Putin' published by Yale University Press and a visiting fellow at the European Stability Initiative, in Istanbul. He reported for Reuters in Moscow and was a research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations working on Russian politics. His reporting from across the former Soviet Union-including on the Georgian War in 2008 and the Kyrgyz uprising of 2010, has featured in the Financial Times, the Economist, Foreign Policy, Prospect and Standpoint. A dual British and French national he spent his childhood in Romania and the former Yugoslavia before reading Modern History and Politics at the University of Oxford.

Raffaello Pantucci, is a Senior Research Fellow at RUSI. Prior to coming to RUSI, Raffaello lived for over three years in Shanghai where he was a visiting scholar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). Before that he worked in London at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. He is currently working on a writing project looking at Chinese interests in Central Asia. His journal articles have appeared in SurvivalThe National InterestStudies in Conflict and TerrorismTerrorism and Political Violence, and RUSI Journal amongst others, and his writing has appeared in the International Herald TribuneWall Street JournalFinancial TimesCNNGuardianForeign PolicySouth China Morning Post, and more.

Ben Judah will be on hand to sign copies of his book, 'Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In And Out Of Love With Vladimir Putin' (Yale University Press: May 2013), which will be on sale.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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