Democracy in Peril 2 (Putin)

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Democracy in Peril?
A new forum for presentations and open discussions about current politics


Why Vladimir Putin is a Threat to Democracy and Peace

Speaker: Dr. Mary Louise Loe, Professor Emerita of Russian History

Since coming to power in Russia in 2000, Vladimir Putin has repressed opposition to his rule, silenced those challenging his authority, gained control over Russian media, and disseminated propaganda to assure his popularity.  He has, in other words, used his power to destroy Russian democracy. After declaring the demise of the Soviet Union “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century,” he has successfully reasserted Russia’s international influence through wars in Georgia and Ukraine, the annexation of the Crimea, and fighting in Syria. He has also intervened in American and European elections. Dr. Mary Louise Loe, Professor Emerita of Russian History, will explain Putin’s rise and the danger he poses to world peace.  Her presentation will be followed by an open discussion in which audience members from all political viewpoints are encouraged to participate.




Date & Time: Monday, February 27 – 5-6 pm

Location: Harrison Hall, Room 1261, James Madison University





Everyone Invited



“Democracy in Peril?” is sponsored by the History Department, the Gandhi Center, and the Office of Faculty Access and Inclusion.  Subsequent sessions will be announced regularly.  If you would like to propose a topic or presenter for a session, please contact Michael Gubser (gubsermd@jmu.edu), Kevin Hardwick (hardwikr@jmu.edu), Jessica Davidson (davidsjb@jmu.edu), or Jack Butt (buttjj@jmu.edu).


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