Under the surface of a stable regime, a multitude of actors within the power elite are struggling for power, resources, and, above all – the future of Russia.
At the one extreme, wealthy businesspeople push for market reform and rapprochement with the West.
At the other, ‘warriors’ see the West as an existential threat and favour a mobilizational economy under tight state control.
This continuous power struggle shapes Russian policies on a daily basis and is key to understanding where Russia is heading when the Putin era is approaching its end. It makes us wonder:
- How does the intra-elite battle for power and resources shape Russian politics?
- And how do current policies influence power relations within the elite?
About the seminar
Date: 21 January 2020
Time: 9.00–14.30 (registration from 8.30, lunch 12.25–13.10)
Venue: Litteraturhuset, Wergeland, Wergelandsveien 29
The seminar is created by Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
8.30–9.00 Registration and coffee
9.00–9.10 Opening remarks by Professor Kjell Inge Bjerga, Director of the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College (IFS/FHS), Oslo
9.10–10.40 Panel 1: The Russian Ruling Elite and its Challenges
Chair: Senior Fellow Helge Blakkisrud, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs
Professor Andrey Yakolev, Higher School of Economics, Moscow: "The Ruling Elite in the Face of External Pressure and Lost Vision for the Future"
Associate Professor Ekaterina Schulmann, Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow: "Russia's Ruling Class: the Bureaucrats, the Commissars and the Agents"
Professor Geir Flikke, University of Oslo: "The Role of Political and Professional Organizations in the Struggle for Reform"
10.40–10.55 Coffee break
10.55–12.25 Panel 2: State-Business Relations in Russia
Chair: Research Professor Arild Moe, Fridtjof Nansen Institute
Senior Fellow Ingvill Moe Elgsaas, IFS/FHS: "State-Business Relations in the Murmansk Region"
Associate Professor Ingerid Opdahl, IFS/FHS: "A Strong State in the Russian Arctic? Tasking Oil and Gas Companies for Regional Development"
Senior Associate Janis Kluge, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin: "The Role of Business Elites in Russia's Turn to the East"
13.10–14.20 Panel 3: Informal Actors in Russian Politics
Chair: Senior Fellow Håvard Bækken, IFS/FHS
Associate Professor Jardar Østbø, IFS/FHS: "Outsourcing Great Powerhood? The Non-State Element in Russia's African Strategy"
Senior Non-Resident Fellow Mark Galeotti, Institute for International Relations Prague: "Problems, Proxies, Partners: Organised Crime and Kremlin Policy at Home and Abroad"
14.20–14.30 Closing remarks
The RUSECOPOL project (Russia’s Politicized Economy, Elite Dynamics and the Domestic-Foreign Policy Nexus) is led by the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies at the Norwegian Defence University College and funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NORRUSS Pluss call) and the Institute for Defence Studies. For more information, see www.rusecopol.com.
The event is financed by the Norwegian Research Council and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies at the Norwegian Defence University College.