3-4 March 2022, Tartu, Estonia

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The 8th Conference on Russia titled ‘Russia: past or post COVID-19?’ will take place on 3-4 March 2022 in Tartu, Estonia.

Currently, the conference organizers are planning to hold a hybrid event. Most speakers and a significant number of the participants will join our debates in Tartu. However, there are also some experts who will join us online together and a substantial portion of our audience that will follow our debates remotely.

Organized by the Baltic Defence College for more than half a decade, the annual Conference has brought together the Baltic and allied military community, international structures, governments, academia, and the private sector to discuss the most pressing issues shaping Russia, its near abroad, and global challenges since 2015.

From the establishment of the Baltic Defence College and especially from the inception of our conference and publications, we have become a hub of knowledge unveiling diverse trends relating to Russian domestic and external connections.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers will be published as soon!

11:30-12:00

Registration

12:00-12:15

Opening remarks by the Commandant of the Baltic Defence College

12:15-12:30

Keynote Speech: Should We (Still) Fear Russia?

12:30-14:00

Panel I: The Global Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Russia

14:00-14:30

Coffee break

14:30-16:00

Panel II: Are Russia and China Encroaching on Europe?

16:00-16:30

Coffee break

20:00-22:00

Night Owl Session I: Is Russia Running Out of Resources, Time, and People?

20:00-22:00

Night Owl Session II: Russia's Domestic and External Harbingers of Democratic Change

0900-1000

Students panel: Technological Transformations Affecting Russian Capabilities

1000-1030

Coffee break

1030-1130

Panel IV: Has Russia Failed with Protracted Conflicts in Former Soviet Territories?

1130-1300

Lunch break

1300-1400

Panel V: Putin Looks Into Biden’s Eyes: What Does He See There

1430-1530

Panel VI: Decline of the West or of Russia? The Russian Proposal to the World

The Baltic Defence College, located in the heart of Tartu, Estonia, on the frontline between East and West, strives for academic and professional excellence at all times. The Conference on Russia was created with this goal in mind, so that the College could bring in Russia experts from politics, diplomacy, the military, and academia to better understand our eastern neighbor. In 2014, the College held its first Conference on Russia, which focused on Russian power projection. Since then, the Conference has grown to become the College’s premier event, with sessions on Russian revisionism, the Russian Revolution’s centennial, Russian challenges and responses, non-linear challenges, Russia’s self-perceptions versus geostrategic realities, and how to interact with Russia in a multi-threat world. The Conference’s goal has been to look into how Russia is viewed from the inside and outside year after year.

The 2022 iteration of the Conference seeks to continue this tradition of excellence with a focus on Russia in the new paradigm of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this approach, the 2022 conference reframes many of the questions and answers made or offered by previous Conferences. Has the pandemic altered Russia’s relationship with the West? What flaws or resiliencies does COVID-19 reveal? Are there now more opportunities for collaboration, or are these developments merely pointing to more competition? The 2022 Conference on Russia will attempt to answer some of these concerns, pointing us in the direction of whatever unanticipated circumstances shape the issues for 2023.

For the second year in a row, an adjacent publishing of Conference Proceedings has become an essential feature of the Conference. These proceedings are a compilation of chapters authored by eminent Russian experts on a wide range of themes, including geopolitics, demography, political systems, cultural identity, and military technology. They are intended to provide cutting-edge insight into the subjects covered during the Conference as well as serve as a forum for worldwide debate.

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