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Russia in the Time of Putin

Last updated March 23, 2015

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Dr. Michael Bressler

Dr. Michael Bressler

It has been a year since President Vladimir Putin reclaimed Crimea as a part of Russia, which has led to a raft of economic sanctions against the nation and heightened tensions across Europe and the rest of the world.  But as Russia backs separatist movements in Ukraine and is behaving more aggressively towards NATO, is there even more tension to come?

Furman political science professor Michael Bressler will talk about Putin and Russia in the post-Soviet era when he speaks at the university’s High Noon spring lecture series Wednesday, April 8 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.

His lecture, “Russia in the Time of Putin,” begins at noon.  It is free and open to the public, and is the final talk of the spring season.

Dr. Bressler, a specialist in international relations, will talk about Russia’s political development in the post-Soviet era, the connection between its domestic politics and foreign policy, and the prospects for the country’s democratic development.  He will also take an in-depth look at the institutional and political foundations of Putin’s system.

Bressler, a member of the Furman faculty since 1993, teaches courses on World Politics, International Relations, International Peace and Security, and the Politics of Russia.  He is editor of and a contributing author to the book Understanding Contemporary Russia. He received Furman’s Meritorious Teaching Award in 2005.  He is a graduate of Ohio State University, and received master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.

The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area.

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