In his new book Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism (Yale University Press, 2016), Charles Clover depicts the intellectual ferment that has brought provocative strands of Russian nationalism at the heart of the Kremlin’s policymaking apparatus under Vladimir Putin. Clover’s in-depth reporting captures the under-appreciated influence that figures previously-consigned to the political fringe have had on the Russian leadership. Clover methodically traces the role that thinkers like Aleksandr Dugin have had in contemporary Russian politics, and their impact on recent events such as the annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine.

Carnegie hosted an important discussion of these issues and their broader implications for Russia’s future.

Charles Clover

Charles Clover is the Financial Times’ China correspondent. He previously served as their Moscow bureau chief.

Andrew S. Weiss

Andrew S. Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.