Nina Khrushcheva

Professor of International Affairs; Associate Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, New School University, New York; senior fellow, World Policy Institute; contributing editor, Project Syndicate: Association of Newspapers Around the World

Guest, Russia in Global Dialogue
(March 2017)


In Putin’s Footsteps: Why Russia’s 11 Time Zones Make it an Indispensable Nation

In 2001, Russia’s newly minted president Vladimir Putin planned to deliver his annual New Year’s midnight address to the nation, not just once but 11 times. Like Ded Moroz (Russia’s Santa Claus) he was to zip through the country’s 11 time zones in just one night. The trip was logistically impossible and never took place, but I decided to follow in what would have been Putin’s fairy-tale footsteps, traveling Russia from east to west and uncovering, for my readers, how each time zone comprises factors – natural resources, educational institutions, ethnic and religious diversity, and strategic geographic assets – that make the country, certainly in its own imagination, one of the two “indispensable nations” on Earth, another being the United States.

Previous stays at the IWM:
2007, Visiting Fellow