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Russia's new military capabilities, its strengths and weaknesses: A TALK BY IGOR SUTYAGIN

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Russia has substantial advantages over the West in what is, popularly but not absolutely correctly, known as ‘hybrid warfare’ capabilities. Where do these advantages come from? What do the recent developments in the Russian military reveal about Moscow's actual, and not advertised plans? And what are Russia's weaknesses, both military and political, in its pursuit of the greater role on the international arena? These and some other questions will be discussed by Dr Igor Sutyagin, of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). 

Dr Igor Sutyagin's research is concerned with US-Russian relations, strategic armaments developments and broader nuclear arms control, anti-ballistic missile defense systems.

Prior to joining RUSI, Dr Sutyagin completed his PhD in History of Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Moscow Institute for the USA and Canada Studies (Russian Academy of Science), which was supervised by Professor Andrey Kokoshin. His thesis explored the US Navy's role in carrying out the US foreign policy tasks throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

He has written extensively on nuclear and conventional arms control, including naval arms control, safety and security of nuclear weapons, modernization and development of modern armaments as well as issues associated with ABM systems and their stabilising influence upon of the US-Russian relationship. He has authored over 100 articles and booklets published in the Soviet Union/Russia, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. He is also the co-author of the book Russian Strategic Nuclear Weapons.

Igor worked at the Institute of US and Canadian Studies for twelve years at the Political-Military Studies Department, where he held the position of the head of section for US military-technical and military-economy policy.

Igor has a PhD in History of Foreign Policy and International Relations (1995) from the Institute for US and Canadian Studies in Moscow and a Masters Degree in Radio-physics and Electronics from the Physics Department, Moscow State University (1988).