UCL European Institute


Putin's invasion and the new great power rivalry

11 May 2022, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Putin and Macron meeting with a large table

Panel conversation hosted by the UCL European Institute | IN PERSON

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Dr Richard McMahon


IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing
005: Wilkins Main Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has been widely interpreted as launching a new era of global great power rivalry. It definitively ends the ‘post-Cold War world’, in which geopolitical debate focused on a supposed unipolar moment or multilateral global governance.

In the face of Putin’s invasion, Europe and the US have shown remarkable unity. However Brexit and the Trump episode demonstrate the fragility of the Western alliance. The invasion has meanwhile raised uncertainty about China’s commitment to Russia. Previously, these two powers had increasingly appeared to coalesce into the anti-Western pole of a new global bipolar Cold War. At this roundtable event, leading experts will discuss the relationships among the great powers and how the invasion has impacted on them.

Drinks will be served following the discussion.


  • Prof. Dr Sven Biscop, Professor, Ghent Institute for International and European Studies, Ghent University, and Director, Europe in the World Programme, Egmont - Royal Institute for International Relations, Brussels. He is the author of Grand Strategy in 10 Words: A Guide to Great Power Politics in the 21st Century.
  • Dr Richard McMahon, Lecturer in EU Politics and director of the European Politics and Policy MSc programme, Department of Political Science, UCL. He is currently co-editing a special issue of Comparative European Politics entitled Making sense of the European Union: Chinese representations.
  • Dr Aglaya Snetkov, Lecturer in International Politics of Russia, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. 
  • Dr Katerina Tertytchnaya, Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics, Department of Political Science, UCL. She is the Principal Investigator of a  UKRI project investigating nonviolent repression in contemporary Russia.
  • Chair: Dr Claudia Sternberg, Head of Academic Programmes, UCL European Institute.

Co-hosted by the UCL European Institute and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, with support from the UCL Department of Political Science and the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.  

Photo from www.kremlin.ru, CC-BY-4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
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