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Russophobia in America: A Genealogy

American political discourse is full of fears of Russian machinations. Russophobia has, in part, fueled reactions to Trump's curious relationship with Russia. Legitimate concerns about Russia's ability to project hard and soft power are often couched in conspiratorial frameworks that inflate Russian capabilities. But what is the history of this fear of Russia in America and when did it emerge? Dr. Sean Guillory discussed how American fears of Russia can muddle our understanding of the country and displace crises in the American body politic.

Date & Time

Tuesday
Apr. 11, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm ET

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Overview

American political discourse is full of fears of Russian machinations. Russophobia has, in part, fueled reactions to Trump's curious relationship with Russia. Legitimate concerns about Russia's ability to project hard and soft power are often couched in conspiratorial frameworks that inflate Russian capabilities. But what is the history of this fear of Russia in America and when did it emerge? Dr. Sean Guillory discussed how American fears of Russia can muddle our understanding of the country and displace crises in the American body politic.

Speaker

Sean Guillory

Host, Sean's Russia Blog
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Hosted By

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region through research and exchange.  Read more

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