Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from 5 PM to 7 PM
CACI Forum / Book Launch
"Putin's Grand Strategy: The Eurasian Union and Its Discontents"
New book on Putin's objectives and tactics in Eurasia
Over the past year we have assembled a group of leading American and European experts to produce the first book-length study of Russian President Vladimir Putin's effort to create an Eurasian Union. The book indicates the ideological origins and character of this project, focusing not only on Putin's strategic objectives, but also the tactics he employs to achieve them.
The volume stresses the high degree of coordination that has been achieved among sectors of the Russian state that are accustomed to function as sovereign bureaucracies. Subsequent chapters analyze the response of eleven post-Soviet states to Putin's initiative, as well as the attitudes of China, Europe and the United States towards the initiative. The book suggests that Putin’s effort, if successful, would jeopardize the gains of two decades of independence in countries ranging from Moldova to Tajikistan. At the same time, however, the book traces processes by which those countries potentially affected have already worked to limit, dilute, and even undermine the union before it comes into being.
Dr. Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council, Washington, DC
Dr. John C. K. Daly, Senior Nonresident Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. James Sherr, Associate Fellow and former head (2009-2011) of Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London
Dr. Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute, Washington, DC
Dr. Svante E. Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Mamuka Tsereteli, Research Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building
Johns Hopkins University - SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
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