Roger Scruton

Speaker: Owen Matthews

Topic: The Rise and Fall of Putin’s Empire

Venue: Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Centre

Time: 15:30-16:30 Saturday 16 September

Talk Summary:

Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has transformed the geopolitics of the early 21st century. What are his motivations? What outcome does he seek? And why has Ukraine resisted his territorial ambitions so effectively? Owen Matthews exmaines the deep origins and potential consequences of a conflict that has scarred Europe and made Putin’s Russia a pariah state.

Owen Matthews has lived and worked in Moscow for 25 years, and has built up an unrivalled network of contacts who have worked in Putin’s administration, security services, armed forces and propaganda machine. He was Newsweek‘s Moscow Bureau chief, and currently contributes to Foreign Policy, the Spectator, the Daily Mail and the Critic. His latest book is Overreach: The Inside Story of Putin’s War Against Ukraine.