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15 October: Guest lecture André Gerrits on Russian politics

André Gerrits, Professor of Russian History and Politics, will give a lecture on Russian politics. Join us at the 15th of October at the Europe House in The Hague!  

Radical nationalism as a driver of foreign policies has been conspicuously absent during most of Russia's post-communist history. Russia has mostly been a pragmatic power.

Has this changed? There seems a conservative and nationalist turn in Putin's policies. Why? What inspires the Russian president? How does he interpret and legitimate Russia's national interest? And if Russian nationalism is back, what will be the consequences for Russia, and for neighboring Europe?  

The role and relevance of nationalism in Russian foreign and domestic policies will be discussed in André Gerrits´ seminar on October 15 in the House of Europe, Korte Vijverberg 6, The Hague.

Prof. Dr. Gerrits is Professor of Russian History and Politics, and the Chair of the MA International Relations (European Union Studies / International Studies) and the BA International Studies, The Hague. Previously, he held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and was Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Studies Clingendael. In 2011 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University.

The seminar will be held from 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM. Doors open at 3:00 PM. A discussion or debate on the topic will be held as well during the seminar. Please do note the seminar will be held in English.
The seminar includes a drink afterwards in the House of Europe.

Participation is free of charge but please register by sending an e-mail to Davey Gerlings ( One can only enter after presenting an identification document/card.

This seminar is organized by the Leiden University.