Speaker: Professor Jeremy Black MBE: Professor of History, University of Exeter
Few would care to predict the course of relations between the West and Putin’s Russia over the foreseeable future. Without some of the certainties, albeit chilling, of the post-W orld War II geopolitical landscape the situation is more complex and arguably more dangerous today than it was during the original Cold War. It is hard to believe that US accusations of Russian interference in their Presidential election, proven or not, will have much effect on Putin’s efforts to damage American and Western confidence and to deconstruct the Western dynamics —diplomatic, financial, and military— which have shaped the postwar world and, as Putin would see it, have diminished Russian status and influence. Which he has set about re-instating, not without some success.
To bring us his great depth of knowledge on these issues we are delighted to welcome Professor Jeremy Black on his second visit to the D Group. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. He has been Professor of History at Exeter University since 1996, after working at Cambridge, Oxford, and Durham Universities: he has published well over 100 books, is the author and co-author of numerous articles, and has been described as “the most industrious historian of all time”.
His titles include The Cold War, European Warfare 1815-2000, and the exceptionally well received The Power of Knowledge: How Information and Technology Made the Modern World. Serious analysis comes in the light-hearted wrapper The World of James Bond: The Lives and Times of 007, just on the point of publication.
Professor Black’s views on the new Cold War and what the UK could and should do about its own defence posture will be of considerable interest not just to those in the defence and security industries, but to all business leaders with a stake in global stability and prosperity.
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