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presents first public event:

Russia - Superpower or House of Cards?

  Thursday, the 1st of June at 20.00 hrs

De Balie in Amsterdam

Since the Ukraine crisis West and East have resumed their former fight for  spheres of influence again. Putin’s Russia feels humiliated and  tries to retake its place on the world stage. The United States of Trump  threatens to become unpredictable. A weak Europe is  squeezed in between the two.

What is Russia up to? Do we have to fear its policies or is it a case of imperial overstretching?

As hybrid warfare, old school espionage,  desinformation and fake news still dominate the headlines in 2017, forum  RaamopRusland and centre De Balie has invited three eminent experts on Russia to shed light on  these issues: Mark Galeotti, Alexei Levinson and Han ten Broeke.

Mark Galeotti (Prague) is a specialist on Russian security affairs and  organized crime, who taught in Moscow and is now senior researcher at  the Institute for International Relations in Prague. His most recent  book is 'Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina: getting Russia’s non-linear  military challenge right’. He is a regular contributor to RaamopRusland.

Alexei Levinson (Moscow) is a sociologist and works as a researcher at  the Levada Center in Moscow, the only independent opinion research  institute in Russia. Levada has collected and studied data on  what Russians think on politics, society, history and corruption for 25 years. Since  last year this institute is labelled ‘foreign agent’, according to the law on ngo’s. As a columnist Levinson contributes to numerous Russian newspapers.

Han ten Broeke (Netherlands) has been a member of parliament (Tweede Kamer,  lower house of the Dutch parliament) on behalf of the liberal party VVD since 2006. Ten Broeke is chairman of the permanent committee for
foreign affairs. Taking into account that the VVD will probably be  leading in the new governing coalition, his political role will increase  the upcoming years.

Laura Starink, co-founder of Window on Russia, will kick off the evening with a column about her recent stay in Moscow. She has been working as a journalist (for NRC Handelsblad, now as an independent publicist), specialised in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Her last book ‘The shadow of big brother’ shows how Central Europe struggles with the nazi and communist past.


Language: English.

Reservation: ticket-office
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