Moscow Rules. What Drives Russia to Confront the West
In his new book Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West, Keir Giles draws on Russia's history and the present day to explain why the Kremlin feels it has no choice but to challenge the West.
Hope for a better relationship with Russia has to contend with Moscow's view of the West as an adversary and a threat. This view, and the hostile Russian actions that result from it, can be difficult to understand from Western capitals. But, Keir argues, understanding it or at least accepting it forms an essential starting point for managing relations with Russia without lurching from crisis to crisis.
Mr Giles will present key findings from the book, and address a number of critically important questions for dealing with Russia. Why does Russia misread Western intentions so consistently? How can past experience of both successful and unsuccessful engagement guide future attempts? And can recognizing the reality of confrontation with Russia help the West manage the challenge from Moscow effectively while avoiding the risk of a deeper conflict?
About the presenter
Keir Giles is a Senior Consulting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He also works with the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group of deep subject matter experts on Eurasian security formerly attached to the UK Ministry of Defence.
After beginning his career working with paramilitary aviation in Russia and Ukraine immediately following the fall of the Soviet Union, Keir Giles joined the BBC Monitoring Service (BBCM) covering political and military affairs in the former Soviet space. While attached from BBCM to CSRC at the UK Defence Academy, he wrote and advised for UK, NATO and international government customers on human factors affecting Russian military, defence and security issues, strategy and doctrine. In April 2010, Keir brought key team members into the private sector to re-establish CSRC as an independent provider of research and expertise.
Keir Giles’s work has appeared in a wide range of academic and military publications across Europe and in North America, and he is a regular contributor and commentator on Russian affairs for international print and broadcast media.
A guest lecture by Keir Giles will take place at the Aleksanteri Institute 2nd floor meeting room on Wednesday 24 April at 14.15. The event is free and open to everyone. Welcome!