Putin’s Neo-Imperial Ambitions and Politics in Eurasia

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Putin’s Neo-Imperial Ambitions and Politics in Eurasia


We invite you to a online roundtable on the implication’s of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine co-organized by the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University, the research platform Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCARR) at Malmö University, the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs, in co-operation with the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University on Wednesday March 23 from 1 pm to 4 pm CET.

This event is part of the project Authoritarian Policy Transfer in Post-Soviet States, which is funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Grant № 21-PR2-0020).


08.00 Washington DC, United States (GMT-5)

12.00 London, United Kingdom (GMT+0)

13.00 Brussels, Belgium/ Amsterdam, Netherland and Stockholm, Sweden (CET) (GMT+1)

14.00 Kyiv, Ukraine (GMT+2)

15.00 Moscow, Russia (GMT+3)

18.00 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (GMT+6)

Agenda (All Times in CET)

13.00 – 13.05 Welcome and introductory remarks by organizers: Dr. Olena Podolian, Dr. Edward Lemon, Prof. Joakim Ekman and Prof. Ann-Mari Sätre.

PANEL I, Chair: Prof. Ann-Mari Sätre, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University.

13.05 – 13.15 Prof. Greg Yudin, Professor of Political Philosophy at Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Topic: What Makes Bonapartist Regimes Aggressive: The Case of Russia

13.15 – 13.25 Dr. Ingerid M. Opdahl, Associate professor at the Institute for Defence Studies (IFS)/Norwegian Defence University College.

Topic: Authoritarianism and Russian Foreign Policy: Questions of Agency

13.25 – 13.35 Mr. Manne Wangborg, Former the Ambassador of Sweden to Kazakhstan in 2010-2014 and Consul-General of Sweden to Kaliningrad in 2006-2009 and later Acting Consul-General on the Åland Islands in the Baltic Sea.

Topic: Today’s Putinism and a New Incarnation of the Imperial Policy of the USSR towards the Former Soviet republics.

13.35 – 13.55 Discussion – Q/A

13.55 – 14.00 Break

PANEL II, Chair: Dr. Edward Lemon, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, Washington DC and President of the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs.

14.00 – 14.10 Prof. Marina Svensson, Professor of modern China studies and director of the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies at Lund University.

Topic: Sino-Russian Friendship Under Strain: China’s Official Positions and Popular Views.

14.10 – 14.20 Prof. George Krol, Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Naval War College and Associate of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Topic: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Consequences and Challenges for U.S. policy toward the former Soviet republics.

14.20 – 14.30 Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva, Senior Lecturer at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.

Topic: Perspectives On and Implications of the Russian Aggression against Ukraine in Central Asia.

14.30 – 14.50 Discussion – Q/A

14.50 – 14.55 Break

PANEL III, Chair: Dr. Olena Podolian, Department of Social Sciences, Södertörn University.

14.55 – 15.05 Dr. Andreas Umland, Analyst at the Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies (SCEEUS) at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Topic: Russian Post-/Neo-Imperialism: Continuity, Change, and Their Determinants.

15.05 – 15.15 Ms. Alla Koshlyak, Journalist and the Anchorwoman of “New Day,” Kyiv, Ukraine.

Topic: The work of a journalist in the war or why I stayed in Ukraine.

15.15 – 15.25 Dr. Ilmari Käihkö, Associate professor of War Studies at the Swedish Defence University, and a veteran of the Finnish Defence Forces.

Topic: Strategy in the War in Ukraine.

15.25 – 15.45 Discussion – Q/A

15.45 – 15.50 Closing Remarks by organizers.


March 23
8:00 am - 11:00 am


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