Members’ Lecture - Putin’s Presidential Return: Implications for Missile Defence and Russian Foreign Policy

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A lecture by Dr Igor Sutyagin, Research Fellow, Russian Studies, Royal United ServiceIgor Sutyagins Institute.

President Putin has been ushered into power on a promise of furthering Russia's hard-nosed attitude towards the West. Central to Putin's stance is continued Russian reticence towards the planned European Phased Adaptive Approach to develop and deploy a limited Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system in Europe. A stand-off ensues where Russian insistence on guarantees will be hard to meet.

In his lecture, Dr Sutyagin will draw on his extensive experience of BMD issues at the Russian Academy of Sciences to explain Russia's underlying concerns. He will also discuss measures that Russia may undertake to counterbalance a BMD deployment in Europe, which has become one of the most important issues of Russian foreign policy.

Dr Igor Sutyagin completed his PhD in History of Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Moscow Institute of US and Canadian Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences), prior to joining RUSI. His thesis explored the US Navy's role in carrying out the US foreign policy tasks throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He has written extensively on nuclear and conventional arms control, including naval arms control, safety and security of nuclear weapons, modernisation and development of armaments, as well as issues associated with anti-ballistic missile systems and their stabilising influence upon the US-Russian relationship. He has authored over 100 articles and booklets published in the Soviet Union/Russia, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. He is also the co-author of the book Russian Strategic Nuclear Weapons. Dr Sutyagin worked at the Institute of US and Canadian Studies for twelve years in the Political-Military Studies Department where he held the position of Head of Section, focussing on US military-technical and military-economic policy.

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

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