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April 5, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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What Next For Russia?

Interest Group: Non-Fiction Books

Hosted by:
Peter Lamell
Dianne Jacobs

April 5, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm


Russia ​is ​a major global force, demanding rigorous and clear-minded analysis. In this book group discussion, we examine recent and current events, including the geopolitical landscape and the implications for the Indo-Pacific region.

The book we are reading and discussing is Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America by Rebekah Koffler.

Born and raised in the Soviet Union, Rebekah Koffler came to America as a young woman. After 9/11, she joined the Defense Intelligence Agency, devoting her career to protecting her new country. Now she reveals in chilling detail Putin’s long-range plan— his “playbook”—to weaken and subdue the United States (and others), preparing for the war that he believes is inevitable.

With the insight of a native, Koffler explains how Russians, formed by centuries of war-torn history, understand the world and their national destiny. The collapse of the Soviet empire, which Putin experienced as a vulnerable KGB agent in East Germany, was a catastrophic humiliation. Seeing himself as the modern “Czar Vladimir” of a unique Slavic nation at war with the West, he is determined to restore Russia to its place as a great power.

In addition (or as an alternative) you may wish to read the following report ‘Myths and misconceptions in the debate on Russia – How they affect Western policy, and what can be done’ (Chatham House May 2021). It deconstructs 16 of the most prevalent myths and misconceptions that shape contemporary Western thinking on Russia.  It explains their detrimental impact on the design and execution of policy, and in each case outlines how Western positions need critical re-examination to ensure more rational and effective responses to Russian actions. Given the current situation, what needs to change? (Click on photo to access the report.)

Read the book and/or report, come with an open mind, hear differing perspectives in this intimate, digital format and uncover what your fellow readers think.

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