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Book Launch: Military Reform and Militarism in Russia

  • Datum: –16.30
  • Plats: IRES Library, Gamla torget 3 (3rd Floor), Uppsala
  • Föreläsare: Aleksandr Golts (journalist)
  • Arrangör: The Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice (both at Uppsala University) and co-organizer the Uppsala Association of International Affairs
  • Kontaktperson: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Föreläsning

You are kindly invited to attend the book launch of “Military Reform and Militarism in Russia” by Russian journalist Aleksandr Golts. The event will be held on September 28, 15.15-16.30, IRES Library, Gamla torget 3 (3rd Floor), Uppsala. Light refreshments will be served.

The book (in Russian) covers the experience of Russian ambitions to implement military reform. It provides detailed insights into the dynamics of what has been an ongoing struggle to modernize and adjust the Russian armed forces to new challenges. It presents the ambitions and failures of a series of high-profile reformers, and concludes with an initiated discussion of the role of militarism in Russian society.

Language: The presentation will be held in English
Published by: Uppsala University, in its series Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, see:

Aleksandr Golts is a Russian journalist who has covered military affairs since the days of Leonid Brezhnev. During his early time at the Soviet Army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, he covered the war in Afghanistan first hand. He has also travelled to and covered developments in Cuba and Nicaragua.

In 2001-2004, he served as deputy editor-in-chief of the weekly Moscow-based magazine Yezhenedelnyi journal. During that time, in 2002-2003, he also spent a year as a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

The book he will present was mainly written in 2016, during a six-month stay at the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (UCRS), Uppsala University. At the outset of the current year, he was a visiting fellow at the Kennan institute in Washington, DC. His current position is as deputy editor of the web-based news site He also serves as military analyst for the Novoe Vremya (“New Times”) magazine in Moscow.