Russia and Southeastern Europe: Influence Operations: Sources, Tools and Impact - A Works in Progress by Vesko Garcevic

Starts:
4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Ends:
6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2019
URL:
http://www.bu.edu/european/news/calendar/?eid=223970
Address:
Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road (1st floor)
Contact Organization:
Center for the Study of Europe
Contact Name:
Elizabeth Amrien
Contact Phone:
617-358-0919
Fees:
free
Speakers:
Vesko Garcevic
Audience:
public
Russia vocally has opposed the expansion of Euro-Atlantic institutions into Eastern Europe, which it perceives as part of its sphere of influence. Though Southeastern Europe/Balkans is not the Russian near abroad, it’s historically seen as a region of Russian (dominant) influence. When the Kremlin feels that its influence is eroding in this region vis-à-vis the West, it becomes a destabilizing force. Russia utilizes its soft power to influence countries and political elites in this part of Europe. A crucial Russian entry point lies in its exploitation of ultra-nationalistic sentiments couched in Pan-Slavism. Appealing to a broadly Slavic heritage, common Christian Orthodox faith, and Russia’s historically patriarchal role in the region stemming from the mid-to-late 19th century, the Kremlin works to forge common cause with Orthodox Christians from the region. The Works in Progress presentations are intended to foster interdisciplinary conversations among Europeanists and others at BU. Open to faculty, graduate students, and visiting researchers. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to edamrien@bu.edu.