Matthew Evangelista is professor of government at Cornell University, and director of Cornell's peace studies program. He will give “Russia, 'International Terrorism,' and the War in Chechnya” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Geneva Room.
In the past decade Russia has fought two devastating wars against the break-away republic of Chechnya. Both were justified on the grounds that letting Chechnya secede would lead to the disintegration of the entire country—a federation made up of 89 regions, including several, like Chechnya, with Muslim majorities. Russia's President Putin has argued that the second war—still under way and showing no signs of ending—is a crucial part of the global struggle against terrorism. In his talk Evangelista will explore the origins of the Chechen wars, the implications for the Russian Federation, and the extent to which the Chechen conflict should be understood in the framework of international terrorism.
Evangelista is the author of the book “Unarmed Forces: The Transnational Movement to End the Cold War” (Cornell University Press), as well as author of the forthcoming “The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union?” (Brookings Press).