Russia will conduct the first round of its 2018 presidential elections on March 18. If, as expected, Vladimir Putin receives a majority vote — thanks in part to his firm control of the media, the disqualification of an opposition candidate and broad domestic support — he will be eligible to serve as the country’s leader until 2024. Given the Russian government’s increasingly assertive actions over the past decade, what are the geopolitical implications of another Putin presidency? How will Russia’s hybrid warfare strategies — including the use of energy as a weapon for coercive diplomacy — play out in the coming years?
The Baker Institute Roundtable Young Professionals held an engaging conversation with two experts on Russian government, the oil industry and geopolitics. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerRYP.
Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, Baker Institute
Craig Pirrong, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance and Director, Global Energy Management Institute, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston
6:00 pm — Reception
6:30 pm — Presentation