(Russian) Civilization and its Dissidents: An Interview with Graeme Robertson

Great Interview…. In this day and age of just getting blasted with one thing after another, Iran, IS, Wall Street, Taxes, Money in Politics, Presidential announcements of another 40 billion dollars gone to..*not* the people who earned it, it’s always very good to ‘go back to your roots’ find a great professor with a great sense of ethics, and sit down for a good old fashioned history lesson.

STEPPE DISPATCHES

Graeme Robertson is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He received his BA from Oxford University, his MA from Harvard in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, and his Ph.D from Columbia University, with work focusing on political protest in Russian politics. His book is The Politics of Protest in Hybrid Regimes: Managing Dissent in Post-Communist Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

SD: Much of your work has been focused on protest – that is the subject of your book that was released in 2011. How do you see the current demonstrations throughout Russia against the intervention in Ukraine? Will this necessarily have any repercussions on Russia’s current foreign policy – and have past opposition protests, like those in March of this year or after Putin’s re-election in 2012 actually had any effect on how foreign policy is conducted?…

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