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The Folly of “Regime Change”

June 7, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

“Regime change” is a strategy that was once popular with neoconservatives in trying to address challenges in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. In late March, President Joe Biden caused a stir when he said Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” in an impassioned speech in Warsaw. The White House downplayed the remark, insisting that Biden was not suggesting regime change but that he was expressing his “moral outrage” at Putin’s actions in Europe. But, the phrase lingers on.

On June 7, the American Council on Germany and 1014 will host a discussion with political scientist Dr. Benjamin Denison, on what a regime change may mean for Russia and transatlantic relations. This event is part of a series titled Democracies und Pressure: Challenges for the Global Liberal Order.

Dr. Benjamin Denison is currently a Data Scientist specializing in Time Series and Panel Data analysis at Fors Marsh Group. His methodological expertise is in panel data methods, time series analysis, conceptualization and measurement, and mixed-methods research. His substantive expertise is in international relations, international security, foreign regime change, military occupation, and democratization, and military occupation.

Dr. Denison is a non-resident fellow with Defense Priorities, where he focuses on issues related to U.S. foreign policy and international security issues. Previously he was the Assistant Director and Senior Research Associate with the Notre Dame International Security Center at the University of Notre Dame, a postdoctoral fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow at Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center for International Understanding.

He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2018, where he was a predoctoral fellow with NDISC, served as a research fellow for the Varieties of Democracy project, and was a Dissertation Year Fellow with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.


June 7, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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