Putin’s Gamble: Russia, Ukraine, and the Road Ahead

Featuring: Stephen Kotkin

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series

  • Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • $44 (Members $32; Chairman’s Council, Free)
Stephen Kotkin

Event Details:

Putin did it. He “rolled the iron dice,” as Otto von Bismarck used to say. He said he would, he showed he would, and yet somehow the Russian president’s extensively telegraphed move stunned almost all Western capitals, Asian capitals, much of the American political establishment, and many members of Russia’s loyalist establishment. What comes next? Historian and international affairs scholar Stephen Kotkin explores the historical context that led us to our precarious present.

Stephen Kotkin is John P. Birkelund ’52 Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University. His most recent book is Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941.

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The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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