Russia seems to be all pervasive, all powerful and absolutely everywhere, from the US, to the Middle East, Syria to Ukraine, to France and Germany. And yes: in the UK, during Brexit. The hand of the Russian state has been perceived in an array of cyber-attacks on government and state institutions, in the phenomenon of “fake news” and disinformation, and in the targeted funding of opposition groups. So how real is the threat? Are we entering a New Cold War? Or does Russia loom large, not because Putin is a strong leader but because Western governments lack direction?
Filmed at the Battle of Ideas 2017, the speakers are Mary Dejevsky, Dr Tara McCormack, Dr Lukasz Pawlowski and Sir Adam Thomson. The chair is Bruno Waterfield.