David Satter, noted journalist and Russian expert, will speak on “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: The Last Gasp of Empire?” as part of the Contemporary History Institute Speaker Series on Thursday, March 13, in Baker 242 at 4:30 p.m.
Satter has reported on and followed Russian events for almost four decades. In May 2013, he became an adviser to Radio Liberty and in September 2013, he was accredited as a Radio Liberty correspondent in Moscow. Three months later, he was expelled from Russia becoming the first U.S. correspondent to be expelled since the Cold War.
David Satter began his career in 1972 as a police reporter for the Chicago Tribune. For six years beginning in 1976, he was the Moscow correspondent of the Financial Times of London. He then became a special correspondent on Soviet affairs for The Wall Street Journal, contributing frequently to the paper’s editorial page. He has been a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and a visiting professor at the University of Illinois. He also teaches a course on Russian politics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Academic Programs.
Satter is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute and the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.
His first book was Age of Delirium: the Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union, published in 1996. The film he made based on this book, Age of Delirium, won the 2013 Van Gogh Grand Jury Prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival. In addition, Satter has written two other books about Russia, Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State (2003) and It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past (2011). His books have been translated into six languages.
This event is free and open to the public.