The Kremlin’s global challenge: paradoxes of Russian-Western relations


Russia appears today as an assertive power ready to weaken international norms and kick over the global chessboard, notes the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies.

Even as it confronts economic stagnation and popular demoralization at home, Putin’s regime has advanced efforts not only in undermining the liberal order but also in affecting domestic politics in the world’s leading democracies. By holding manipulated elections and mimicking other democratic institutions, the Kremlin works to discredit these traditions and, in doing so, the West itself. The Kremlin’s aggressive mobilization makes Russia the West’s key opponent, but this new antagonism lacks clear and mutually accepted rules of the game.

Political analyst Lilia Shevtsova (right) will examine the paradoxes of Russian-Western relations, the sustainability of the Russian system of governance, and the international implications of this system’s struggle for survival. The NED’s Christopher Walker will offer comments.


Lilia Shevtsova, Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow

with comments by

Christopher Walker, Vice-President for Studies and Analysis, National Endowment for Democracy

moderated by

Sally Blair, Senior Director, Reagan-Fascell Fellowship Program

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004
Telephone: 202-378-9675


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