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).

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Clinton and Russia: Who is Ms Hillary?
09.10.2017
It would not be accurate to call this ‘Russophobia’, since Hillary Clinton has nothing serious to say about Russia as a whole, and instead the focus is on Vladimir Putin personally, and the general

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Putin and Trump Establish Bilateral Channel to Move Forward
10.07.2017
The first face-to-face meeting of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump finally took place on 7 July 2017 at the G20 summit in Hamburg. Not since the days of superpower summits during the Cold War has a

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Trump and Putin Find Common Language for a Pragmatic Dialogue
07.07.2017
It looks like Trump’s campaign statement that he will get along with Putin is true, Richard Sakwa said in an interview with valdaiclub.com Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics,

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The UK Election of 2017: A Long Period of Uncertainty
09.06.2017
The period of turbulence in Atlantic politics continues. Although the French political situation has stabilised quickly under Emmanuel Macron, the UK will remain in an extended period of crisis. This

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Valdai Paper #67: Trumpery and Knavery: Looking for the Virtuous
05.06.2017
A coalition of knaves has formed to oppose Donald Trump's foreign policy shift. These knaves are no less prone to inventing ‘facts’, generating ‘fake news’, and pursuing neo-McCarthyite vendettas

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London Attack Changes Little in UK Relations With the EU
04.06.2017
The terror attack that struck London on Saturday night, leading to seven deaths and 48 people injured, will not make much of a difference to Britain’s internal situation, Richard Sakwa, Professor of

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Brexit and Theresa May’s Mansion House Speech
20.01.2017
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

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Brexit and Amexit: Towards a New Political Agenda
30.11.2016
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

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Donald Trump’s Victory Gives Russian-US Relations a Chance
11.11.2016
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
11.10.2016
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

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The New Globalism: The Politics of Uncertainty
09.08.2016
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.

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Blimey, it’s Brexit
24.06.2016
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,

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Richard Sakwa: We Need New Continental Vision
27.06.2016
Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent at Canterbury, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham

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Richard Sakwa: Every Valdai Forum Is Different
11.11.2015
Every Valdai forum is different. This is the most different of all. This is the third time Vladimir Putin made his keynote speech. Two years ago it was about conservatism and values, last year it was

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Richard Sakwa: The Debates Were Enormously Productive
03.11.2014
The 11th annual meeting of the Valdai Club had a different format. This year there was a lot of concern that given the tense political situation the debates would be tense and in some way even more

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Richard Sakwa: Discussions at the Valdai Club do affect policy both ways
09.09.2013
As long as the Valdai International Discussion Club continues with the participation of politicians from Russia and abroad, then it will remain an important channel of communication.

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