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Course Registration

Tackling Putin’s Russia

Fall 2019
In Session
9 AM - 12 PM
October 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2019


Main Campus



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If space opens up we will contact those on the wait list on a first come, first served basis.

This course moves beyond the cartoon-character stereotyping of Putin-period Russia to examine important continuities and changes in contemporary Russian politics and foreign policy. Three decades after the Soviet collapse, the broad outline and trajectory of Russia’s political, economic, and societal transformation are clear. Russia is reemerging as an important Eurasian power that merits attention. It is ironic that Russia and the U.S. once again find themselves in a profound political power-struggle given that no fundamental territorial, religious, national, cultural, or historical grievances divide them. Russia will soon pass Germany as the world’s fifth largest economy. And it is experiencing intriguing domestic developments that are core to a new “Russian national idea” being contoured by Putin, the governing elite, and the broader society. What a perfect time to “tackle” Russia!

Registration Opens Online: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)

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No textbook is required. All readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically. 

Meet Your Professor

School of Government and Public Policy

JOHN P. (PAT) WILLERTON is Professor of Political Science in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. His professional interests focus on Russia and other former Soviet Union (FSU) countries, with a book and over 60 articles and chapters dealing with Russian domestic politics and foreign policy. He has been visiting Russia since the Brezhnev period, with many of his undergraduate and graduate courses Russia-focused.

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