Anatol Lieven
May 9 (Mon) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Anatol Lieven
Georgetown University

Building 200, Lane History Corner, Room 307


This talk is based on views originally set out in my book (with John Hulsman) Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World (2007). Speaking from a Realist standpoint, it is argued that in key respects, most Western policymakers, journalists and commentators have badly misrepresented Russia’s position and actions on the world stage. Above all, a Russian strategy which has been generally portrayed in the West as aggressive has on the contrary, by traditional Realist standards, been profoundly defensive, even if the methods employed have often been ruthless.

Russia also continually sought co-operation with the West, albeit in return for a recognition of predominant Russian influence within most of the former USSR. Finally, on key differences with the USA, Russia since 2000 has sometimes been wrong, but sometimes been right. The cases where it has obviously been right include the invasion of Iraq, the intervention in Libya, and the need for the USA to distance itself from Sunni sectarian states and forces in the Middle East.

Anatol Lieven is a professor in the International Politics Department of Georgetown University in Qatar and a visiting professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London. His most recent book is Pakistan: A Hard Country.

This event is open to Stanford affiliates.