Russian Ideological Influence in The West Cold-blooded warlords and hackers or the other side in a global conflict?

Russian Ideological Influence in The West
Talk and debate | Monday d. 26. Mar. 2018 | Nedergade 12, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | This week’s guest recommendation is wirtten by: Jens Krog | Translated by: Francois Picard

Location: StudieStuen
Organizer: StudieStuen

My first encounter with Russia was on a train from Ukraine to Russia, where a Russian border guard suddenly stood in the middle of the cabin and shouted at my friends and me in a powerful and impressive, but unfortunately completely incomprehensible Russian. But why should you also be able to speak English when you can speak your native language?

The trend is also felt in Western countries, but it is perhaps more obvious in Russia. The Russian Empire impresses both in size, power and all the more in cultural and scientific history. However, this proud country plays as well an outsider role relatively to the other developed countries, and is more and more perceived in the West as the sworn enemy.

Russia refuses to satisfy the demands of the West (perhaps above all the ones from the United States) and stands a bit as the last residue of the Soviet Union. Instead, they run their own business. They, like the West, participate in conflicts in the Middle East, poison (maybe) double agents in England, occupy a peninsula in Ukraine and have apparently influenced the US presidential election itself.

The latter is something of an achievement. Even from a Danish point of view, it looks like a mess: Americans tend to give us a lot of entertainment, but they look like as well rather unmanageable. At the lecture at StudieStuen, you can learn more about exactly how it actually took place, and maybe even a little more.

Vincent Keating, an associate professor at SDU, believes that there is an important piece missing in understanding Russia's influence; a conservative Russian ideology dealing with populist groups in the West. What exactly it should cover, I however cannot fully understand.

What is really this gigantic neighbor that sends bombers on a test flight at the edge of the Danish airspace. Are they cold-blooded warlords and hackers, or are they only on the other side in a huge conflict, which is on the verge of escalating again? We must, for both our and the Russians’ sake, hear what they are up to, from someone who knows what they are talking about.

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Written by Jens Krog

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