Matthew Light

Matthew Light

Matthew Light

 

What does Russia really want and from whom?

February 3rd, 1:00-3:00 pm

With the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, including Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatist rebels elsewhere in Donbass, people in Canada and other western countries are asking what Russia wants. In this presentation, Matthew Light assesses Russia’s motivations and strategic goals in Ukraine, other post-Soviet countries, and the world as whole. What kind of relationship does Russia want with Canada and its NATO allies? What are the West’s options for dealing with Russia? And how are developments in Russian foreign and domestic policy related?

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Bio

Matthew Light

Matthew Light is associate professor at the University of Toronto, with appointments at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and the Centre for Russian, European, and Eurasian Studies. Light received his doctorate in political science from Yale University in 2008. His research focuses on migration, criminal justice, and corruption issues in the post-Soviet world. His book, Fragile Migration Rights: Freedom of Movement in post-Soviet Russia, will be published by Routledge in March 2016.