Vladimir Putin’s Aggression: A Cultural-Interactionist Perspective

Comparative Politics Seminar
Event Format
In person
S050, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street

In this talk, Sergei Erofeev makes the case that if the problem of Vladimir Putin’s never-ending threat to the world is not solved through his defeat in Ukraine or a domestic coup, he may be driven to putting an end to it himself “amidst a revolution.” Unlike any of Putin’s military actions, this type of act does have the potential for an unacceptable, albeit local, nuclear disaster. However, regarding the conflict with the West, the sociological perspectives of symbolic interactionism and deviance studies offer insights into why the world should not fear any form of Putin's escalation, let alone a nuclear one.

Refreshments will be provided.



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