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Join us for an evening with James Nixey who will talk about The UK's political relations with Russia in the post Soviet period. James Nixey has been Head of the Russia & Eurasia Programme at Chatham House since January 2013.

The UK's political relations with the Russian Federation - never wonderful at the best of times in the post Soviet period have had their landscape scarred further following the attack on Sergei Skripal & his daughter in Salisbury on March 4th. Political relations stand in marked contrast to the broadly positive interactions between the two former empires at the educational, scientific and even commercial levels. How to explain? How does Russia see it? Is this the nadir & can things conceivably  get better? Or worse?

James Nixey has been Head of the Russia & Eurasia Programme at Chatham House since January 2013. He is also an Associate Fellow with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and serves on the board of the Journal UA: Ukraine Analytica. His principal field of study concerns the relationships between Russia and the other post Soviet states, and with the West. Selected publications include The South Caucasus: Drama on Three Stages in A Question of Leadership: America's Role in a Changed World (2010), The Long Goodbye: Waning Influence in the South Caucasus & Central Asia (2012), Russia's Geopolitical Compass: Losing Direction in Putin Again: Implications for Russia & the West (2012), Russian Foreign Policy Towards the West in The Russian Challenge (2015) and most recently The Struggle for Ukraine (October 2017). He has also written articles for The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, Newsweek, and James holds degrees in modern languages and international relations and has previous experience in journalism (as a reporter in Moscow in the late 1990s) and in the banking sector.   

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