Sir John Scarlett and Gill Bennett on How Russia Sees the World

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A conversation with Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE, Vice Chairman of RUSI and former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service, and Gill Bennett OBE MA FRHistS, Associate Fellow, RUSI and former Chief Historian, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.    

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Russia has gone through enormous changes over the last hundred years, from the Revolutions of 1917 to the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, from post-Cold War economic adjustments to what in the 21st century appears to be a time of increasing tension and mutual misunderstanding with other powers like the US and UK. Behind all this upheaval, it can be argued that there has been a great deal of continuity, both in the way that Russia sees the world and in the way that the world, particularly the West, sees Russia. 

Sir John Scarlett, who has specialised knowledge of Russia, and Gill Bennett, an intelligence historian who has written about Russia’s relations with the West, will discuss key themes in Russia’s view of the world today set against the historical context. They will reflect on the extent to which those themes are mirrored in the views of other countries, such as the UK, and consider what insights this offers into current and future trends in international relations.

This event is open to all RUSI members. To become a member, please click here.

Refreshments will be served from 1215.

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