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Pete Duncan (London)

"Domestic Influences on Russian Policy towards Foreign Political Islam, 1992-2017: From Tajikistan to Syria"

26.04.2017 12:15  – 13:45 

Am 26. April heißt die Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien in München Dr. Pete Duncan (London) im Kolloquium willkommen. Er wird einen Vortrag mit dem Titel "Domestic Influences on Russian Policy towards Foreign Political Islam, 1992-2017: From Tajikistan to Syria" halten.

Pete Duncan beschäftigt sich in seiner Forschung mit sowjetischer und russischer Innen- und Außenpolitik. In seiner Dissertation untersuchte er den russischen Messianismus aus historischer und politischer Perspektive. Derzeit arbeitet er an einer Monographie mit dem Arbeitstitel "Russian Foreign Policy: From El’tsin to Putin". Pete Duncan ist Senior Lecturer in Russian Politics and Society an der UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies (SSEES).

Über den Vortrag

Vladimir Putin’s rise to power was inseparably linked with the Second Chechen War, which followed an increase of Islamist sentiment among the Chechen separatists. Today the threat of terrorism, centred on Daesh, the so-called ‘Islamic State’, is invoked to justify Russia’s increased involvement in the Arab world and its military intervention in Syria. I shall look at the domestic factors influencing Russian foreign policy in relation to political Islam. Foremost has been the threat to the integrity of the Russian Federation perceived from separatism in the North Caucasus, and the fear of terrorist acts inside Russia. A particular focus has been the fear of Islamism in Central Asia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which led to Russian intervention in the Tajik Civil War. Other factors to be included are the desire in 2001 to have good relations with the United States, leading to Putin’s cooperation with George W. Bush’s ‘war on terror’; the commercial interests of Russian industry, especially in the energy and defence sectors; and the wish to prevent ‘regime change’, implemented by American-led action in Iraq and Libya, and through the ‘Arab Spring’ in Syria and elsewhere, trends which the Kremlin sees as threatening not only Russia’s allies but also the Moscow regime itself.

Die Veranstaltungen in der Reihe "Kolloquium" richten sich sowohl an die Mitglieder der Graduiertenschule als auch an die interessierte Hochschulöffentlichkeit.

Zeit: Mittwoch, 26.04.2017, 12-14 Uhr c.t.

Ort: München, LMU, Historicum, Amalienstr. 52, Raum K 001

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