Curator: Nina Khrushcheva



Over the last ten years, Russian foreign policy has been animated by defensiveness and suspicion. Russia even has uneasy relations with the congenitally non-threatening European Union. It is touchy about the independence of the near-abroad countries, especially those politically or geographically close to the West – Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia. More than a decade after the fact, the Kremlin still decries NATO’s eastward enlargement as a security threat.
The reality, of course, is that NATO is as much of an offensive threat to Russia as Switzerland is. But it is not NATO’s military power that Putin’s Kremlin finds alarming; the real threat is the alliance’s potential to “swallow” Moldova or Ukraine at some point. Creating a precedent for the democratization of post-Soviet space is a nightmare scenario for Putin and his cronies.
As in Soviet times, the main task of today’s ruling elite – Putin and his former KGB associates – is to preserve their tight-knit political and economic regime, built for their personal control and material benefit. Russian foreign policy is, as it was under the Soviets, an extension of official domestic priorities.
Until Russia’s internal political situation changes, relations with the West will remain unchanged and ambiguous.



POST-EUROPEAN RUSSIA: New Stage of Transformation
Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs journal and Chairman of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (Moscow), Alexey Miller, editor of Russia in Global Affairs journal and Chairman of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (Moscow), Moderation: Ivan Krastev, Chairman of Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, Permanent Fellow at IWM
17. Oktober 2016

Turkey Russia Hungary

THE RULE OF LAW – THE LAW OF THE RULERS. Turkey, Russia, Hungary – A Common Pattern?
Nina Khrushcheva, Professor at New School, Tamás Lattmann, associate Professor at the National University of Public Service, at the International Business School Budapest and a senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague, Karabekir Akkoyunlu, Assistant Professor of Modern Turkey, Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, Walter Posch, Senior Fellow, Institute for Peace and Conflict Research, NDA, Vienna; Moderated by Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies Sofia CLS, senior Fellow at IWM
In cooperation with Center for Liberal Strategies Sofia
19. September 2016

Fyodor Lukyanov

WAR AND PEACE IN THE 21st CENTURY. A New International Balance of Power as the Guarantee of Stability - Report of the Valdai Discussion Club
Fyodor Lukyanov, Academic Director of the Valdai Discussion Club, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs and Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy
Respondent: Wolfgang Petritsch, Ambassador, former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Member of the Board of the Kreisky Forum
Moderation: Dessy Gavrilova, Founder and Chairwoman, The Red House – Center for Culture and Debate; Founder and Coordinator, The European Network of Houses for Debate „Time to Talk“
28. Jänner 2016

Ivan Krastev

“REVERSE ENGINEERING”. Russia and the West
Ivan Krastev, Political scientist, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna;
Gerhard Mangott, Department of Political Science
University of Innsbruck - International Security Research Group (ISRG);
Moderator: Tessa Szyszkowitz, foreign policy desk profil
12. Jänner 2016

Russia lecture

Contributors: Nikolay Petrov, professor, Higher School of Economics;
Maria Lipman, visiting fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations;
Boris Makarenko, chair of the board, Center for Political Technologies;
Natalia Zubarevich, professor, Moscow State University;
Kirill Rogov, senior researcher, Gaidar Institute ; Lev Gudkov, director, Levada Center;
Ivan Krastev, moderator, permanent fellow at IWM Vienna
27. April 2015



Bruno-Kreisky-Preise für Verdienste um die Menschenrechte

Verleihung an die ägyptische Aktivistin Amal Fathy