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Since at least 2014, the resurgence of Russia as a global geopolitical rival to the United States has been one of the defining issues for American foreign policy, and—since 2016—a highly charged matter of American domestic politics, as well.

By the beginning of 2020, Vladimir Putin had made himself—and his objectively medium-tier nation in terms of wealth and population—once again a major force to be reckoned with in world affairs.

But what now, in the face of the pandemic? Do his authoritarian powers give Putin an advantage over leaders in the West in confronting the virus at home, or do health and economic losses in Russia weaken his position atop the Russian state and impede his plans to remain in power indefinitely?

Does the global crisis—and the scar tissue it’s creating in the US and China—create great opportunities for Putin to enhance Russia’s power abroad or create even greater new constraints on Putin’s reach as would-be most powerful man in the world?

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to explore these questions with Brian Whitmore, Senior Fellow & Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis and William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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