Always ready to display a macho image, Vladimir Putin has ruled Russia and guided its foreign policy for 18 years.

The Arizona Senior Academy is hosting a weekly public discussion of “Great Decisions 2018” by the Foreign Policy Association from February 7 to March 29. The second program in the series, “Russia’s Foreign Policy,” will be held on Wednesday (Feb. 14) from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Senior Academy’s Great Room.  It will focus on key issues, patterns, and processes associated with Russia’s role in world affairs during the rule of Vladimir Putin (2000-2018).

Opening remarks by the moderator, a professor emeritus of Russian history, will examine key aspects of Putin’s personality and career and explore the contour of current Russian foreign policy objectives in a geopolitical and national security setting.  Following a 30-minute video on Putin’s Russia, there will be opportunity for comments and discussion by audience members.

Key problems the audience may want to explore include the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the ongoing unrest in Ukraine, the Syrian civil war, and Russia’s interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election.

The remaining topics and dates in this series are “China and America:  The New Geopolitical Equation” (Feb. 22), “Media and Foreign Policy” (March 1), “Turkey:  A Partner in Crisis” (March 8), “U.S. Global Engagement and the Military” (March 15), “South Africa’s Fragile Democracy” (March 22), and “Global Health:  Progress and Challenges” (March 29).  Each weekly program begins at 3:00 p.m.

For further information on “Great Decisions 2018,” please visit the Foreign Policy Association at decisions/.

Written by Fred Skinner, Academy Village Volunteer

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Russia’s Foreign Policy under Vladimir Putin: February 2018