The Centre for Opposition Studies at the University of Bolton invites you to attend a seminar entitled: "Russian Foreign Policy: Threats and Scenarios"

With Professor Christopher Coker, London School of Economics Chaired by Jack Lopresti MP

Venue: Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 8

Time: 7th March at 6pm

With global tensions between East and West reasserting themselves and new geopolitical factors further complicating conflicts around the world, Russian influence is a matter of serious international concern. Added to this potent mix are allegations of state-sponsored cyber-attacks on other countries and interference in western elections, including the 2016 US presidential election. With President Putin seeking another term of office at elections in March, the Centre for Opposition Studies is pleased to present this timely event looking at the various threats and scenarios arising from Russia's foreign policy.

Speaker: Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at The London School of Economics (LSE). He is also Visiting Professor at the Swedish Defence College, former Guest Scholar at the National Institute of Defence Studies Tokyo and a Visiting Fellow at the Rajaratnam School Singapore and the Institute for Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University. His books include Future War (Polity, 2016), The Improbable War: China, the US and the logic of Great Power War (Hurst, 2015), and Warrior Geeks: How 21st Century Technology is Changing the Way We Fight and Think About War (Hurst, 2013).

Chairman: Jack Lopresti has been the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke since 2010. During his time in the House of Commons, he has shown an interest in defence and has been elected to roles in several All Party Parliamentary Groups, including being Chairman of the Defence and Security Issues APPG. Jack has also served on the Defence Select Committee as well as the Conservative Party’s backbench Defence Committee in Parliament. Jack is currently a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Ministry of Defence.

The Centre for Opposition Studies was founded in 2010 to advance the study of political opposition in the UK and overseas, and in 2017 formed an innovative new partnership with the University of Bolton to develop the centre as a leading research institution in the field of politics and democratic studies.

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