Richard Sakwa

United Kingdom

Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent at Canterbury; Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

PhD from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Previous positions: lecturer at the Universities of Essex and California, Santa Cruz, before joining the University of Kent in 1987; Head, Politics and International Relations department, University of Kent.

Selected publications: Putin and the Oligarch: The Khodorkovsky – Yukos Affair (2014); Putin Redux: Power and Contradiction in Contemporary Russia (2014); The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism, and the Medvedev Succession (2011); Communism in Russia: An Interpretative Essay (2010); The Quality of Freedom: Khodorkovsky, Putin and the Yukos Affair (2009); Russian Politics and Society (2008); Putin: Russia’s Choice (2008); Chechnya: From Past to Future (2005); Contextualising Secession: Normative Aspects of Secession Struggles (2003); Postcommunism (1999).


Brexit and Theresa May’s Mansion House Speech
May delivered a hard message in soft tones, but with an underlying message of menace. Britain post-exit wants to remain on good terms with the EU; but if not, then it will be willing to launch a

Richard Sakwa
Brexit and Amexit: Towards a New Political Agenda
The main reason for Trump’s unexpected victory is that he placed items on the political agenda that had long been suppressed, just as Brexit has done in the UK and Europe. Defenders of the old order

Richard Sakwa
Donald Trump’s Victory Gives Russian-US Relations a Chance
Donald Trump’s unexpected victory has upended the US political system and its repercussions will be far-reaching. The White House and both houses of Congress are now in Republican hands, which means
International Society and World Orders
There is a nascent non-western power constellation, but it is far from consistently anti-western. There are also divergences in Russian and Chinese views (and the two at the same time are far from

Richard Sakwa
The New Globalism: The Politics of Uncertainty
The strategic impasse in which Russia found itself after the Cold War has now been translated into a broader impasse in relations between Russia and the West and in global affairs as a whole.

Richard Sakwa
Blimey, it’s Brexit
The British political and constitutional crisis has now become a crisis for European unity in its entirety. It is also a moment of opportunity to reforge the UK’s relations with Europe and the world,

Richard Sakwa
Russia Should Not Exploit EU Internal Divisions
Russia should steer away from supporting right-wing populists in Europe and instead look at general openness, when it comes to attempting to resolve the current crisis in relations with the EU,

Richard Sakwa
The EU Referendum: The Citizen’s Two Votes
Once bereft of EU links with continental Europe, there would be nowhere else for the UK to go except towards America – a case of out of the frying pan into the fire.

Richard Sakwa
Europe Still Clueless in the Face of a New Refugee Tide
There is a difference between asylum-seekers and labour migrants. This is why repatriation of some of these people back to Turkey excludes Syrians to a large degree. It is not entirely clear how the

Richard Sakwa
Valdai Papers #39-40: Tsipras and Corbyn: The Year of the European Protest
The problem of rejection and erosion of the neoliberal mainstream has reached a new level in 2015.
UK Airstrikes in Syria Irrelevant Militarily, but Create ‘Political Symbolism’
British public opinion on the nation’s military involvement in another Middle East conflict is split, like the parliament itself.
Valdai Club Experts on Paris Attacks
Experts of the Valdai Discussion Club continue to assess the aftermaths of the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris.


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