October 27, 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has proved to be a massive miscalculation, and with western military defense aid pouring in, Vladimir Putin appears unlikely to achieve his aims of destroying the country and its government. Top U.S. officials say Russian defeat is a realistic possibility, and they’ve set this as the American’s goal.
Is there any way Putin can turn his fortunes around? If so, what would a victory look like?
Or can Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelinskyy oust Russian forces from the entire country and restore its full sovereignty? What happens then to Russia and its land empire? Would this be a defeat like the Russo-Japanese war of 1905, which led to a revolution? Or a collapse of an empire as in 1989? Will Russia still be able to project power into Central Asia and the Middle East?
To answer these questions and more, we’ve invited Paul Goble, one of the leading experts on Russia and the Russian federation to speak.