Russian strategic culture and the Coloured Revolutions

Ukraine Orange Revolution street scene

Russian strategic culture and the Coloured Revolutions

Monday, 28 February 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:45pm
Nissan Lecture Theatre & Online
Professor Tracey German (KCL)
Professor Roy Allison (St Antony's)
Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Monday Seminar

The perceived threat posed to Russia from so-called coloured revolutions – popular uprisings attributed by Moscow to malign sponsorship by external forces – has become a central theme in Russian security discourse. This talk will explore Russian perceptions of the threat from coloured revolutions, using the concept of strategic culture as a framework to analyse these perceptions. It will look at how coloured revolutions came to be characterised as a specific threat to national security and how they continue to shape Russian thinking about the changing character of conflict, reflecting continuities in Russian strategic assumptions about adversaries and how they seek to achieve their national objectives.

Dr Tracey German is a Professor of Conflict and Security in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research focuses on Russian foreign and security policies, particularly Russia’s use of force in the post-Soviet space. She is currently working on a book that explores Russian views of the changing character of conflict.

NB The Week 7 Monday Seminar will be a hybrid event. It will take place in person in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College – but it will also be possible to attend on Zoom.

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