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This series features James F. Hoge, Jr., senior adviser, Teneo Intelligence; and CGA Advisory Board member, in conversation with leading journalists and authors.
Agnia Grigas—Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire
Monday, April 4, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
How will Russia redraw post-Soviet borders? In the wake of recent Russian expansionism, political risk expert Agnia Grigas illustrates how—for more than two decades—Moscow has consistently used its compatriots in bordering nations for its territorial ambitions. Demonstrating how this policy has been implemented in Ukraine and Georgia, Grigas provides cutting-edge analysis of the nature of Vladimir Putin's foreign policy and compatriot protection to warn that Moldova, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States, and others are also at risk.
Marc Lynch—The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Lynch's 2012 book, The Arab Uprising, described the then-ongoing revolutionary changes and prospects for democracy in key Arab countries, but Lynch saw dark signs on the horizon, especially in Syria. That book ended with the hope that the Arab uprisings heralded a fundamental change, but with the warning that Arab regimes would not easily give up their power. Instead, Egypt’s revolution has given way to a military coup; Libya’s produced a failed state; Yemen is the battleground for a proxy war; and Syria has become a sprawling humanitarian catastrophe. The New Arab Wars describes how the political landscape of an entire region has been convulsed, with much of it given over to anarchy, as proxy wars on behalf of competing powers—Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE—scar the region.