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Link to Event Recording
Details: RSI will be joined by Fredrik Westerlund, Bettina Renz, and Hanna Smith for a discussion on the role of the military in Russian foreign policy.
Format: Each panelist will present for 5-7 minutes followed by guided discussion & 30 minutes of Q&A
1500-1540CET/1000-1040EDT: Panelist Remarks1540-1600CET/1040-1100EDT: Guided Discussion1600-1630CET/1100-1130EDT: Question & Answer Session
Fredrik WesterlundDeputy Research Director Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
Mr Fredrik Westerlund is an expert on Russian military power. He is currently Deputy Research Director at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI).The past 15 years, he has served as Security Policy Analyst at the FOI and the Swedish Department for Defence. Before that, Fredrik worked for nine years as Signals Intelligence Analyst at the Swedish Defence Radio Establishment (FRA). His areas of expertise include Russia’s Armed Forces, its defence industry and intelligence services, as well as nuclear weapons and arms control issues. Fredrik holds BAs in Political Science as well as in Law, both from Uppsala University (Sweden). He is currently finishing a PhD thesis on the role of the military in Putin’s foreign policy at the Åbo Akademi University (Finland). Fredrik also serves as officer in the Swedish Armed Forces reserve, holding the rank of Captain. In 2019, Fredrik co-edited the latest edition of the report Russian Military Capability in a Ten-Year Perspective (https://www.foi.se/en/foi/reports/report-summary.html?reportNo=FOI-R--4758--SE). He has authored chapters in four previous reports in the series as well as several other FOI reports, most recently The role of the military in Putin´s foreign policy: An overview of current research (https://www.foi.se/rapportsammanfattning?reportNo=FOI-R--5070--SE).
Bettina Renz Professor of International SecuritySchool of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of Nottingham, UK
Hanna SmithDirector of Research and AnalysisCentre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid ThreatsVisiting Professor, College of Europe, Brugge