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Tit-for-Tat: U.S. Democracy Promotion and Russian Populism Promotion

Valerie Bunce, Cornell University
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
A71 Louis A. Simpson Int'l Bldg
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Why did Russia intervene in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election?  One reason that has received insufficient attention was a desire for revenge.  Like all authoritarian rulers, Putin does not take kindly to  actors that challenge his power.  In his view, this is exactly what the United States tried to do with its policies in the post communist region of promoting democracy; expanding NATO; and supporting electoral change in regimes that both resemble and neighbor Russia. Putin’s policy of tit-for-tat carries several implications.  One is that there are some longterm costs to democracy promotion.  Another is that authoritarian rulers worry about international, as well as domestic threats to their power.  Finally, authoritarian leaders rely on punishment, in addition to preemption to safeguard their power.  

Sponsored by
Program in Russia, East European and Eurasian Studies