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About the Speech:

In the wake of the Ukraine crisis, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is seen by many commentators as one of the most significant challenges to European security in decades. In this address to the IIEA, Fiona Hill, co-author of Mr Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, discussed the dangers inherent in misunderstanding Valdimir Putin’s intentions, dispelled common misconceptions about the Russian president, and offered a new perspective on Mr. Putin’s motivations and objectives.


About the Speaker:

Fiona Hill is Director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. From 2006 to 2009, she served as the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is a frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, and has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy and strategic issues. She holds a master’s in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history from Harvard University.