PSA Annual Public Lecture with Bridget Kendall

Russia's Place in the World

One hundred years ago this year, Russia shocked the world when it swept away centuries of tsarist autocracy and replaced it with a revolutionary regime which was to usher in over seventy years of one party Communist rule. In 1991 it stunned the world again when Soviet Communism collapsed and a new Russian state was born. Throughout this time and still today, Russia’s relations with its European neighbours have waxed and waned. At times it has been an ally of the West, at times seen as a threat. So how are we to understand  Russia’s place in the world? And is Russia’s history a help or a hindrance in trying to work out what might come next?  

Bridget Kendall MBE

Bridget Kendall is the first female Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge University’s oldest College. Prior to taking up her appointment earlier this year, she was the BBC’s award winning Diplomatic Correspondent, covering major international news for BBC radio, television and online. She is also a former BBC Washington correspondent and was the BBC’s Moscow correspondent during the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She speaks fluent Russian, has twice interviewed President Putin and maintains a close interest in Russia and East/West relations. Among her awards are the James Cameron Award for distinguished journalism and an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the 1994 New Year's Honours list. She is also presenter of The Forum for BBC Radio, a weekly discussion programme which explores new ideas and research from around the world.                                                                                                                           

Venue: The British Library (Conference Centre). 

Each year the PSA hosts both a public lecture and an academic lecture to encourage and develop wider interest in the study of politics. This year's PSA Public Lecture coincides with the Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths exhibition at the British Library, which runs from 28 April - 29 August 2017.