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Keir Giles: Moscow Rules:
What Drives Russia to Confront the West

8th November 2019
Venue: The Oundle Suite, Fletton House, Glapthorn Road, Oundle PE8 4JA
Time: 7.45pm

This book is for anyone that cannot understand why Russia and its leaders behave as they do.

From Moscow the world looks different. It is through understanding how Russia sees the world - and its place in it - that the West can best meet the Russian challenge.

Russia and the West are like neighbours who never seem able to understand each other. A major reason, this book argues, is that Western leaders tend to think that Russia should act as a "rational" Western nation - even though Russian leaders for centuries have thought and acted based on their country's much different history and traditions. Russia, through Western eyes, is unpredictable and irrational, when in fact its leaders from the czars to Putin almost always act in their own very predictable and rational ways. For Western leaders to try to engage with Russia without attempting to understand how Russians look at the world is a recipe for repeated disappointment and frequent crises.

Keir Giles describes how Russian leaders have used consistent doctrinal and strategic approaches to the rest of the world. These approaches may seem deeply alien in the West but understanding them is essential for successful engagement with Moscow. Giles argues that understanding how Moscow's leaders think - not just Vladimir Putin but his predecessors and eventual successors - will help their counterparts in the West develop a less crisis-prone and more productive relationship with Russia.

Praise for Moscow Rules:

"My only regret is that I did not have this book 35 years ago" - Former President of Estonia Toomas Ilves

"A compelling, well-documented argument for honest acceptance of differences between the West and Russia - and for a policy of firm deterrence" - Evelyn N. Farkas, senior fellow, Atlantic Council

Keir Giles has explained with clarity, concision, and deep knowledge why Russia cannot be understood by Western criteria alone. His book is a much-needed antidote to simplistic judgements. It should be required reading for all who deal with Western policy towards Russia.”
—Sir Roderic Lyne, UK ambassador to Moscow 2000–04

Keir Giles's work has appeared in a wide range of academic and military publications across Europe and in North America, and he is a regular contributor and commentator on Russian affairs for international print and broadcast media. He is a Senior Consulting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), as well as a regular contributor to research projects on Russian security issues in both the UK and Europe.

Keir Giles is also the Director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group of deep subject matter experts on Eurasian security formerly attached to the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence. Now operating in the private sector, CSRC provides in-depth analysis on a wide range of security issues affecting Russia and its relations with overseas partners. 

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