About the Event
In the wake of the annexation of Crimea and subsequent events – the war in Ukraine, the implementation of Western sanctions, and the fall of oil prices – Russia and the world find themselves in a very dangerous situation. Understanding the root political and social motivations behind Russia’s actions is paramount for navigating this new environment. In his presentation, Leonid Gozman demonstrated how the particularities of Russia’s current political system and Russian mentality have determined the course of the deepest crisis in post-Soviet history. He outlined possible future scenarios for Russia and the broader region. He also discussed what actions the West can take to mitigate further escalation of the crisis. His presentation was followed by comments from Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich.
Leonid Gozman, Visiting Fellow, International Forum for Democratic Studies
with comments by
Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations
Miriam Lanskoy, National Endowment for Democracy
moderated by, Marc F. Plattner
1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004
Dr. Leonid Gozman is president of Russia’s Union of Right Forces and former co-chairman of the Right Cause Party (2008–2011). From 2008 to 2013, he served as director of humanitarian projects at RUSNANO, a state-owned enterprise that commercializes innovations in nanotechnology, and from 1999 to 2008, he was executive board member and representative for governmental and NGO relations at Unified Energy System of Russia. An active participant in Russia’s democratic movement who has served as a political advisor to Anatoly Chubais and Yegor Gaidar, he is also the author of eight books and is a lecturer at Moscow State University. He was previously a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and professor of psychology and Russian area studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. During his fellowship, Gozman is exploring social entrepreneurship as a means for deepening civic engagement and democratic development in Russia.
Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich is George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Diplomacy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. From 1997 to 2001 he held the position of ambassador-at-large and special advisor to the Secretary of State on the New Independent States (NIS). He is the author of Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama.
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