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East-West Conflict Lecture Series Begins

Tensions between Russian and the West came to a head during the Ukraine crisis. Image: Flickr - Sasha Maksymenko.

Tensions between Russian and the West came to a head during the Ukraine crisis. Image: Flickr - Sasha Maksymenko.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers has given the first of a series of lectures on the evolving dynamic between Russia and the collective West.

News from Oct 19, 2015

On Thursday, the 15th of October, the first session of the lecture series “25 Years after the End of the East West Conflict – Lessons Learned and New Challenges” was held by Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers from the Center for Global Politics. He gave an overview of some of the reasons why the Soviet Union collapsed and outlined the new constellation representing the international system following the end of bi-polarity in the 1990s. He also discussed various theoretical concepts like “the end of history” and the “clash of civilizations”.

Concerning the current situation between Russia and “the West”, Prof. Segbers explained Russian foreign policy behavior according to domestic factors, including the state of its economy and the fear of the Russian elite losing their power base. The key term examined within this explanation was the so-called ‘rally around the flag effect’. Many students from the OEI and the JFKI attended the session as well as a number of other visitors.

The lecture series takes place every Thursday from 4-6pm at the East European Studies Institute of the FU Berlin, at Hörsaal A.