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Russia: Preventing Peace on Its Periphery

  • November 02, 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • National University, Sanford Center Auditorium 11355 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037

Russia: Preventing Peace on Its Periphery

A discussion and book signing featuring:


Dr. James J. Coyle



Russia has a long history of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, especially those on its periphery. Upon examination of Russia’s foreign affairs, a pattern emerges: Russia encourages separatist movements, often arming or fighting on their behalf. By continuing to perpetuate conflict in regions such as Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine, Russia has exerted its influence over regional diplomatic processes, asserting its dominance in their internal affairs, strengthening its own presence and power. Drawing on international law and nationalism, Professor James J. Coyle will examine why Russia seeks to prevent the resolution of conflict in these divided regions.

About our Speaker 

Dr. James J. Coyle is director of global education at Chapman University and a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council. Prior to joining Chapman University in 2004, Dr. Coyle was a foreign service officer for 24 years, with postings in Pakistan, Germany and Turkey. He was a special adviser to the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force and was director of Middle East Studies at the US Army War College. Dr. Coyle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master’s degree in public administration from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University.

Dr. Coyle will be signing his recently published book, Russia’s Border Wars and Frozen Conflictswhich examines the origins and execution of Russian military and political activities in Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, and Nagorno-Karabakh.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

6:00 p.m-6:30 p.m. Registration & Reception

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A

8:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Book signing


National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

11355 N. Torrey Pines Road

La Jolla, CA 92037

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Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163


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