Guest Lecture by Aleksandr Golts at Tartu

On Wednesday, September 27, Aleksandr Golts will present his newly published book “Military reform and Militarism in Russia” at the University of Tartu.

The book 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 a discussion of the role of militarism in Russian society.

The lecture and the ensuing Q&A session will be held in English at 10.15-12.00 at Lossi 36-215.

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).