Is there a threat from Putin’s Russia?

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 11.28.17At a time of increasing tension with the west over Ukraine, the Caucasus and the Middle East, Russia is often portrayed as an aggressive and expansionist power and the Russian government as an oppressive, authoritarian kleptocracy.

Pete Duncan is a senior lecturer at The School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) which is part of UCL. He has observed and written about the politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union over many years.  He will look at the nature of the Putin regime, the geopolitical issues facing Russia today and whether such a negative view of the situation in Russia is justified.


Is there a threat from Putin’s Russia? Dr. Pete Duncan at Cafe Diplo, London, 19th Jan 2015 by Cafe Diplo on Mixcloud



Power and Conflict in Ukraine

Screen Shot 2014-04-26 at 23.36.41Recent events in Ukraine have given rise to international concern, and relations between Russia and the West have seriously deteriorated.  Marko Bojcun,the Adjunct Professor of Politics at New York University in London, and author and political commentator Gabriel Levy, will discuss this complex situation and its implications with us. Marko Bojcun is a researcher on the contemporary politics, economics and international relations of Ukraine. His most recent publications are on the redevelopment of capitalism in Ukraine, the impact of the international financial crisis in Eastern Europe, and Ukraine’s relations with the European Union. Gabriel Levy is a writer and socialist activist based in London. He has been travelling to Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, and had involvement with the workers’ movement in those countries, for 25 years. He blogs at


Power and Conflict in Ukraine – Professor Marko Bojcun and Gabriel Levy by Cafe Diplo on Mixcloud