Russian Society and Foreign Policy: Mass and Elite Orientations after Crimea | Wilson Center

Russian Society and Foreign Policy: Mass and Elite Orientations after Crimea

Most Russians agree with the official narrative that Russia has re-emerged as a great power under Vladimir Putin, particularly with the annexation of Crimea. However, many Russians are unwilling to bear the economic burden of escalating tensions with the West, evidenced by the declining “Crimea bump” in Putin’s popularity and growing dissatisfaction with a stagnating or falling standard of living. Drawing extensively on public opinion polls, surveys of elites, and focus groups in Russia, Professor Thomas Sherlock will discuss why a majority of Russians are likely to believe that the Kremlin should not pursue costly policies of militarization and external confrontation, but rather focus on pressing domestic problems.

Speakers

  • Thomas Sherlock

    Short-Term Grant
    Professor, Political Science, United States Military Academy, West Point
  • Harley D. Balzer

    Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar
    Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University