Joining his friend, Times columnist Danny Finkelstein (Everything in Moderation) on stage, the former foreign secretary David Owen discusses his fascinating and timely analysis of 200 years of Britain – Russia relations, and why they have seemingly reached a new low in recent years. From pragmatic alliances to open hostility, Riddle, Mystery, and Enigma depicts a relationship as often governed by principle as by suspicion, expediency, or outright necessity. Both countries have responded to years of waning international influence and geopolitical decline and are now dwarfed by the superpowers of China and the United States. Drawing on both imperial and Soviet history, Owen explains the unique nature of Putin’s autocracy and addresses Britain’s return to ‘blue water’ diplomacy.

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Riddle, Mystery, and Enigma: Two Hundred Years of Britain–Russia Relations


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