Vladimir Putin has not formally announced that he will seek re-election as Russia’s president in March 2018, but it appears a foregone conclusion. What follows his re-election, however, is anything but certain. The range of challenges facing the Kremlin is daunting: getting the economy back on a surer footing, bringing the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria under control, rolling back Western sanctions and, of course, managing the question of eventual succession. The election will make these and other issues more difficult to deal with, rather than less.
At this event, IISS Associate Fellow Dr Samuel Greene addressed the interlocking political, economic and foreign policy challenges facing the Kremlin after March 2018, and the incentives and likely behaviours of the key figures involved. He also addressed the prospects for Europe’s policy priorities vis-à-vis Russia, including the resolution of the war in eastern Ukraine and the prevention of further escalation elsewhere in the eastern neighbourhood.
Dr Samuel Greene is an IISS Associate Fellow and serves as Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London. He previously served as deputy director of the Moscow Carnegie Center, and director of the Centre for the Study of New Media & Society at the New Economic School. His publications include Moscow in Movement: Power & Opposition in Putin’s Russia.
This event was chaired by Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial, IISS. It took place in the Trafalgar Room at Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG.
Dr Nicholas Redman is Director of Editorial at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, overseeing the Institute’s large and highly regarded publications output. He is Editor of the Adelphi book series and Strategic Survey: The Annual Assessment of Geopolitics, and he directs the continued development of the Armed Conflict Database.