The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents

Professor Constantine Pleshakov on

Russia's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Tuesday, February 1st at 7:00 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom 

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What is “near abroad”? Do Russian exports of oil and gas define Russian diplomacy, as it is often claimed? How does NATO enlargement look from the Russian perspective? What made Russian annexation of Crimea possible? Did Russia under Putin really invent hybrid warfare? What are the limitations of the Moscow-Beijing alliance?  Join us for an invigorating discussion on Russia's ever-evolving relationship with the world.

A former foreign policy analyst at the Institute of U.S. and Canada Studies in Moscow, Constantine Pleshakov emigrated to America in 1998. He has published six books on geopolitics, war, and revolution, translated into twelve languages, including The Tsar's Last Armada: The Epic Voyage to the Battle of Tsushima, Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of World War II on the Eastern Front, and There Is No Freedom Without Bread! 1989 and the Civil War That Brought Down Communism. His most recent book is The Crimean Nexus: Putin's War and the Clash of Civilizations. He is a visiting professor at Amherst College.

 Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public.  Admission is free for Berkshire Community College students, youth 17 and under, and those holding WIC, EBT/SNAP, or ConnectorCare cards.

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  • Occurred Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm



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