Russia between Modernization and De-Modernization

Thursday, 30 October 2014, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, IWM library

What has happened in Russia between 2012 and 2014? How and why did the reformist party of the white ribbons (which protested in Russian cities in 2011–2012) cede the stage to the revanchist party of the St. George ribbons in 2014? What are the roots of the Kremlin’s new politics of anti-westernism and what causes its popularity? In this presentation, the conventional term ‘resource nationalism’ will be used in a broader sense, focusing on different aspects of the “drama of plenty”. The principal question is how and why the nationalization of the oil industry and the consolidation of oil and gas revenue interact with the politics of state populism, nationalism and confrontation.

Kirill Rogov is Leading Research Fellow at the Gaidar Institute of Economic Policy in Moscow and Member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Poli­cy (CFDP). He is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the journal “Pro et contra” (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow) as well as a Member of the Supervisory Board of the Liberal Mission Foundation. Currently, he is an IWM Guest.

In cooperation with Open Society Foundations