Round Table on «Russia and the West: from Yalta to the Present Day»

Round Table on «Russia and the West: from Yalta to the Present Day»

8 May 2019

May 8th, MGIMO hosted an expert round table «Russia and the West: from Yalta to the Present Day», which was attended by influential British and Irish scholars, including Geoffrey Roberts (National University of Ireland, Cork), Martin Folly (Brunel University, London) and Christopher Read (University of Warwick, Coventry). The guests all specialize in different aspects of Russian history and politics.

Among the researchers representing MGIMO at the conference were Vladimir Morozov, the University’s Vice-Rector for Human Resources, Mikhail Troitskiy, the Dean of the School of Government and International Affairs, and members of the faculty.

Vladimir Morozov opened the conference by introducing the guests and remarked that academic contacts are increasingly important in times of tensions on the international political arena. Professor Vladimir Pechatnov showed the links between the Yalta Conference and the current state of global affairs and announced the agenda for the round table.

During the session, participants exchanged expert opinions on key issues such as the legacy of WW2, how it influenced countries’ behaviour, Russia’s perception of the West and the origins of Russophobia, often encouraged in Western countries. The presentations were followed by a lively discussion on how to overcome difficulties and promote better relations between Russia and the West.

— See the MGIMO web-site for russian version