Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies, namely along Russia's historical borderlands. Russia caused an international uproar in 2016, when it interfered in the U.S. presidential election. But Putin's foreign policy toolkit includes other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria. How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the United States respond to Putin's foreign policy ambitions?
Alexandra Vacroux is the Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and Lecturer on Government at Harvard University. Her scholarly work addresses many Russian and Eurasian policy issues. She discusses this history of Russian foreign policy and the effects resonating to today.
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BIO: Alexandra Vacroux
Alexandra Vacroux is responsible for overall management and administration of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She works closely with Rawi Abdelal on strategic planning; development; and network building in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, she is the Director of Graduate Studies for the REECA master’s degree program, project manager for the Islam in Eurasia grant, and an active member and coordinator of the Working Group of the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations.