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What Makes Putin Tick? Putin and Russia’s War in Ukraine

November 14, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

It is being reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not travel to Bali next week to participate in the G20 Summit. This was confirmed overnight by Moscow’s embassy in Indonesia. At the same time, we are seeing reports that the Kremlin is withdrawing its troops from Kherson, the only regional capital it managed to capture since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February. The retreat from Kherson is one of the most serious blows to Russia in Putin’s war. Just a month ago, he declared that Kherson and three other regions in Ukraine are part of the Russian nation at an event in Moscow’s Red Square.

Join the ACG for a discussion with Putin biographers and Russia experts Katja Gloger and Andrew S. Weiss (ACG Young Leader) about the war in Ukraine.

This discussion is part of the series In Focus: Russia’s War in Ukraine, organized by the ACG and the Tennessee World Affairs Council, which provides continued updates on and insights into the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine that has rocked the world order.

Journalist and author Katja Gloger studied Eastern European History and Political Science in Hamburg and Moscow and has an MBA from Purdue University, Indiana. She started her career as a news reporter for the German Television ARD. As Moscow Bureau Chief for Stern magazine, she witnessed the fall of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. She also worked as Foreign Editor for Stern magazine – with a focus on Russia, international affairs, and security policy. She also served as Stern’s Senior Political Correspondent in Washington, DC, from 2004 until the end of 2008. Since 2009, she has served on the magazine’s editorial board.

Ms. Gloger won the prestigious German Henri Nannen Award for Best Documentary Reporting in 2010. She is a Board member of the German section of Reporters Without Borders, a human rights organization defending the freedom of the press, and a member of the Atlantik-Brücke. She has published several books on Russia, including Putin’s World: The New Russia, Ukraine, and the West.

Andrew S. Weiss (ACG Young Leader) is the James Family Chair and vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research on Russia and Eurasia. His graphic novel biography of Vladimir Putin, Accidental Czar: the Life and Lies of Vladimir Putin, will be published by First Second/Macmillan in November 2022.

Prior to joining Carnegie, he was director of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Russia and Eurasia and executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum. Mr. Weiss’s career has spanned both the public and private sectors. He previously served as director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council staff, as a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, and as a policy assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush.

Before joining RAND, Mr. Weiss was a vice president and investment strategist at American International Group, Inc. subsidiary companies, where he worked primarily on global commodities, energy, and foreign exchange markets.


November 14, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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