Previous session: Friday 15 September – Dealings with the Russians – some reflections

Dealings with the Russians – some reflections

Tyutchev said ‘Russia can’t be understood’ and Igor Guberman ‘it’s high time we tried’. Putin reportedly told Biden ‘we (Russians) are not like you – we only look like you’. Are they right? After postings in Warsaw, Moscow and Beijing, and a decade as a government analyst, Kyle Wilson, now a Visiting Fellow at ANU’s Centre for European Studies, still isn’t sure, but will reflect on his experiences in engaging with the Russians.

Suggested readings not necessarily of any relevance (suggested by the Majlis team, not endorsed by Kyle!):

Reviews of Orlando Figes’ Natasha’s Dance,

Where and when?


*1030am-1200pm, Friday 15 September.

Unless otherwise advertised, Majlis sessions in 2017 generally take place on the first Friday of each month at 11am, and are held at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at the ANU.

We welcome suggestions for topics that are of interest to participants. If you would like to suggest a topic, speaker, or make a presentation yourself, please contact us.


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