On November 15, Dr. Yuval Weber, the Kennan Institute Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS), discussed the leadership paradigm in Russia and how power is practiced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as previous Russian leaders in National Security Innovations (NSI) Speaker’s podcast. During the exclusive Q&A portion of the podcast (0:28:32), Dr. Weber explored Russian international security and relations, pressure points within the Russian bureaucracy, and the future of Putin’s regime. Dr. Weber said, “The American strategic culture is, ‘We’re an exceptional nation. We believe in liberalism, democracy, a free market, things like that.’ For Russians, there is a sense that – unless we are strong and unless we are moving out – eventually we will be invaded, eventually we will be under pressure by others.”
The National Security Innovations speaker series podcast is produced in conjunction with the Joint Staff J39 Strategic Multilayer Assessment speaker series program. This podcast features both a speaker series presentation as well as an exclusive discussion unique to the NSI Podcast, where the speaker explores their presentation at a later date.
Dr. Weber gives DMGS students insight from an active practitioner, who remains on top of the latest developments in national and international security. Dr. Weber is currently researching liberal and anti-liberal dissatisfaction for powers in the international system and the strategies they employ to stake their claims for revising the international order. His insight into these topics contributes to DMGS’s ability to provide unique academic training that helps students to understand international security challenges from regions across the globe.
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Yuval Weber, Ph.D., is the Kennan Institute Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS). Prior to joining the faculty at DMGS, Dr. Weber taught at Harvard University, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department on Government and a Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Research Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. His work has appeared in Problems of Post-Communism, International Studies Review, Survival, Cold War Studies, Orbis, and the Washington Post.