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Andrew Kahn

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Russian Federation is actively re-acquiring its traditional sphere of influence that was lost when the Soviet Union collapsed. Utilizing hybrid warfare techniques, the Kremlin has supported asymmetrical armed separatist incursions against Georgia and Ukraine, orchestrated intimidating war games on Eastern Europe's borderlands, implemented multiple cyberattacks against democratic political parties (including the Democratic Party in the US) and flooded the internet with fake news designed to disrupt democratic elections and manipulate public opinion. The Kremlin has challenged NATO nations' resolve to stand firm against "creeping Russian hegemony." The Russians meddled in the American national elections that brought Donald Trump to power, a populist political leader who has openly expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin, but so far failed to put in place a strategy to check Putin's expansionist ambitions. The Russian military has effectively protected Bashar Assad in Syria against the democratic front of moderate opposition groups supported by the US. Russia has absorbed Crimea and helped tear away from Kiev two huge industrial provinces. American reaction, so far, has not been sufficient to check the projection of Russian power. The United States is, once again, embroiled in a political, military, and economic contest with its old nemesis. The lecturer will offer his analysis of what the future of this new cold war may yield in terms of America's standing in the world.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Andrew Kahn has studied political and social science on the undergraduate level at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and on the graduate level at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Maryland and at New York’s New School University. He has taught at St. Cloud University in Minnesota and Western Connecticut State University. He was a James Madison Fellow in Constitutional Law at the University of Indiana and a Commonwealth Fellow in American and European History at Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges in Pennsylvania. Andrew helped found AEGIS, the Association for Education in Global-International Studies, at Stanford University. He has traveled abroad widely, including visits to Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Scandinavia, Western Europe, Russia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Cuba. 

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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