Learn More About Angela Stent
A go-to person in a time of crisis, Angela Stent, Ph.D., is an energetic and dynamic speaker who connects with her audience, whether it is a small group of decision-makers, a board, or a larger audience. Regarded as one of the leading experts on Russia and its foreign policy, her deep scholarship in Russian history and politics since the Soviet era enables her to envision future scenarios, giving leaders an exclusive view of the end results that may affect business in the United States and Europe.
Stent’s book that has been updated for 2022, “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest” (Twelve, 2019), is described by William Burns, current CIA director and former Deputy Secretary of State, as “the definitive guide to understanding the tangled history of post-Cold War Russia…could not be more timely.” Her prescient view of emerging multifaceted geopolitical conflicts won the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s prize for the best book on U.S.-Russian Relations, and was called a “brilliant exposition of Putin’s strategy” by the late former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
As the Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution where she co-chairs the Hewitt Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs, Stent’s understanding of Russia goes beyond conventional political analysis, and she frequently appears on CNN, NBC, Bloomberg, PBS and the BBC.
In “Putin’s World” and in her engaging keynotes, Stent dissects the Russian President’s goal to reinvent his nation with an eye toward how this would affect “the west and the rest.” “To understand Putin’s world,” she argues, “one has to start with the history, geography, and culture that shaped it.” Fluent in Russian, her access to Putin and other senior Russian officials during annual meetings of the Valdai International Discussion Club has allowed her to see around corners, sharing important insights with leaders who are looking to better understand Russia’s relations with the US, Europe and Asia. Her previous book, “The Limits of Partnership: U.S. Russian Relations in the 21st Century” (Princeton University Press, 2015), was described as “magisterial” by The Economist and was honored by the American Academy of Diplomacy in 2014 as “the best book on the practice of American diplomacy.”
Looking to the future, Stent pushes leaders to be fully prepared for the unpredictable. “Just as Putin’s judo mastery has taught him how to prevail against a distracted opponent, the West should be prepared for surprises and agile enough to respond to them,” she warns. “In Putin’s world, it is prudent to expect the unexpected.”
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Angela Stent, Ph.D., is currently Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution where she co-chairs the Hewitt Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. She formerly directed the Center on Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University where she was Professor of Government and Foreign Service. She has served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. She also served in the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State.
Stent was a member of the senior advisory panel for NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe for Admiral James Stavridis and General Philip Breedlove. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a contributing editor to Survival and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cold War Studies, Internationale Politik, and Post-Soviet Affairs. She has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Russia and Central Asia. She was a Trustee of the Eurasia Foundation.
Stent received her bachelor’s from Cambridge University, her Master of Science with distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her master’s and doctorate from Harvard University.
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