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Vivian to speak about ‘Russia’s Foreign Policy’

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Monmouth College faculty member Jessica Vivian will introduce the topic “Russia’s Foreign Policy” at the next Great Decisions program.

Free and open to the public, the program will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) of the College’s Center for Science and Business, 720 E. Broadway. It will include about one hour of group discussion following the remarks by Vivian, a lecturer in the College’s Department of Political Science, who joined the faculty in 2014.

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to destabilize liberal democracies. Russia caused an international uproar in 2016 when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. But Putin’s foreign policy toolkit included other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.

Vivian and those in attendance will discuss how Putin conceives national interests and why Russian citizens support him, as well as how the United States should respond to Putin’s attempts to spread right-wing authoritarianism?

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.