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Keir Giles, Moscow Rules:What Drives Russia to Confront the West

Keir Giles, Moscow Rules:What Drives Russia to Confront the West

Book Tickets

Friday 8 Nov 20197:45pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 1st Nov.)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Keir Giles


Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West


Friday, 8th November 2019, at 7:45pm


Fletton House, The Oundle Suite

Glapthorn Rd, Oundle, PE8 4JA


Tickets: £8/£6

Early bird discount £1 off till 1st November


This book is for anyone that cannot understand why Russia and its leaders behave as they do.


Russia and the West are like neighbours who never seem able to understand each other. A major reason, this book argues, is that Western leaders tend to think that Russia should act as a "rational" Western nation.


Keir Giles describes how Russian leaders have used consistent doctrinal and strategic approaches to the rest of the world. These approaches may seem deeply alien in the West but understanding them is essential for successful engagement with Moscow. Giles argues that understanding how Moscow's leaders think--not just Vladimir Putin but his predecessors and eventual successors--will help their counterparts in the West develop a less crisis-prone and more productive relationship with Russia.


“Keir Giles has explained with clarity, concision, and deep knowledge why Russia cannot be understood by Western criteria alone. His book is a much-needed antidote to simplistic judgements. It should be required reading for all who deal with Western policy towards Russia.”

—Sir Roderic Lyne, UK ambassador to Moscow 2000–04


Keir Giles's work has appeared in a wide range of academic and military publications across Europe and in North America, and he is a regular contributor and commentator on Russian affairs for international print and broadcast media. He is a Senior Consulting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), as well as the Director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), a group of deep subject matter experts on Eurasian security formerly attached to the United Kingdom (UK) Ministry of Defence.