Putin and War: How He Sees the World andHow this Led to Ukraine with Mark Galeotti

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Inst. for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Inst. for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

5 ай бұрын

Vladimir Putin's Russia is locked in two wars: a bloody kinetic one in Ukraine and a very twenty-first century one with the West fought in economics, politics, culture and information. To a degree, this can be considered the logical result of the place that military power, conflictual international relations and the celebration of past wars have had not just in Putin's rhetoric but also his vision of Russia's place in the world. Mark Galeotti, author of the forthcoming Putin's Wars: from Chechnya to Ukraine, explores the place of war in Putin's thinking - and how the contrast between his ideological perspective clashed with the technocratic notions of his own High Command in his invasion of Ukraine.
Mark Galeotti is a long-time Russia-watcher, even though Moscow banned him this year. He is an Honorary Professor at University College London and Executive Director of the UK-based consultancy Mayak Intelligence, and is currently a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute. He read history at Cambridge and took his doctorate in government at the LSE, and after a stint with the British Foreign Office has been a scholar and thinktanker in New York, Moscow, Prague, Florence and London. A prolific author, his most recent books include the forthcoming Putin’s Wars: from Chechnya to Ukraine (Bloomsbury, 2022), The Weaponisation of Everything (Yale, 2022), We Need To Talk About Putin (Ebury, 2019) and The Vory: Russia’s super mafia (Yale, 2018).
Marlene Laruelle is Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Director of the Central Asia Program; Director of the Illiberalism Studies Program; Co-Director of PONARS Eurasia; and Research Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She works on political, social, and cultural changes in the post-Soviet space. Marlene's research explores the transformations of nationalist and conservative ideologies in Russia, nationhood construction in Central Asia, as well as the development of Russia's Arctic regions

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mhljones 5 ай бұрын
As usual, insightful and useful commentary by a leading scholar of Russia and its "Special Services". Thanks, Mark!
guydreamr 2 ай бұрын
Great insight. I agree with Mark's essential point that Putin is seeing this through the lens of 19th century imperialism. Basically. a hegemonic struggle between self-interested Great Powers in temporary alliances as national interests dictate and where military might is all-important, rather than a conflict between democracy and autocracy per se.
Stephen Suddick
Stephen Suddick 4 күн бұрын
New putin? I remember when I first became aware of him. My initial thought was that if civilization ever finds itself experiencing an existential threat from thermonuclear war, this guy is going to be at the center of it.
Matthew Willoughby
Matthew Willoughby 3 ай бұрын
Fascinating insights from Professor Galeotti, history will remember history as Vladimir the stupid rather than some Peter or Katherine type figure.
Jay Dee
Jay Dee 5 ай бұрын
Good listen. Shame the sound is so appealing.
Potter 27
Potter 27 4 ай бұрын
Galeotti is deeply into his subject and speaks with insight. We are privileged to have his expertise and good sense, his very rational reasoning/sensibility. I understand Galeotti's hesitancy about genocide but Prof. Timothy Snyder makes a solid and convincing case about Russian genocide in Ukraine, point by point referring to the legal criteria, in a talk to Boston University students (October 28th 2022) and on his substack website.
Paul Zx
Paul Zx 4 ай бұрын
@Potter 27 And Im not trying to convince you.. Commander of our main strike force - Ukrainian born in Ukraine. Here on YT two main RU channels dedicated to war - both running by Ukrajnians. 35.000 construction workers sent to warzone to restore buildings because winter is coming. YT full of vids they make. Yesterday another UKR region was connected to our gas pipeline. Video here too. Thousands Ukrainian children spent summer in RU resorts and camps for free. Vids available.
Professor Music
Professor Music 3 ай бұрын
No one mentions the religious elements of putons war. I think the breakup between the Russian orthodoxy church and Ukrainian church was the deciding factor. The Russian church lost 1/4 of its property interests. The church is the largest land owner and it doesn’t like to give up its land. It is more of a church war then a Putin war.
Helen McInerney
Helen McInerney Ай бұрын
The head of the Russian Orthodox church is a former KGB man
stuarm2002 2 ай бұрын
That’s interesting. Certainly it seems many political parties / leaders and their supporters that exhibit authoritarian tendencies have powerful religious leaders / institutions on their side.
Michael Dellorso
Michael Dellorso 2 ай бұрын
At what number of casualties will the speaker change his stance on protest/unrest being unviable?
Jessiejb 2 ай бұрын
Replace Putin with the u.s. and you’d have a good point. Perhaps a look inward is needed? Self righteousness tends to blind.
Mkr Mkr
Mkr Mkr 2 ай бұрын
Long and inaudible questions leads me to give 6 out of 10.
denford ndlovu
denford ndlovu 3 ай бұрын
People who buy these kind of talks are people who never keep abreast of happenings around them. One does not need to be a genius to understand why Putin acted and is still acting the way he does; I would have acted the same faced with the same situation. And I know even this guy and his ilk would have done the same.
void 5 ай бұрын
Steny Ethan Mathews
Steny Ethan Mathews 5 ай бұрын
Is there anything actually useful in this discussion?
Ekes Andras
Ekes Andras 2 ай бұрын
anything is useful, apart from your comment.
Richard Cory
Richard Cory 4 ай бұрын
@Paul Zx Yes, I agree, Russia is indeed on the road to hell: it is losing the war, it is losing a generation (and more) of men in battle, it has lost its most intelligent and capable young men who have fled abroad and it is facing an economic abyss. These are very, very, very bad times for Russia, isolated and despised around the world.
Ivan Volf
Ivan Volf 5 ай бұрын
Mr. Galeotti, your silly rumbling is totally senseless and shows that you have no clue!
Ekes Andras
Ekes Andras 2 ай бұрын
Wolf was Hitler's self chosen nickname. Ivan Wolf is than the Russian Hitler, ergo Putin. Is it you personally, Vladimir Vladimirovich?
hmmcinerney 4 ай бұрын
Too subtle for your knuckle dragging mind
K W 4 ай бұрын
The truth hurts, doesn't it?
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