The Erickson Lecture is hosted by the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, the University of Edinburgh Europa Institute and the University of Edinburgh Politics and International Relations Transatlantic Seminar Series.
The 2013 Honorary Erickson Lecture entitled Russia XXI: Challenge for the West was given by Dr Lilia Shevtsova (Carnegie Moscow Center) on Wednesday, 24 April 2013.
The 2013 Erickson lecture examined the state of democracy and the integration with the West in contemporary Russia. Dr Shevtsova addressed the uncertainty of the political situation in Russia today, and posed questions about the country’s future path and its relationship with the West.
The 2012 Honorary Erickson Lecture was given at the Dashkova Centre on 8 February by Igor Yurgens, of Moscow's Institute for Contemporary Development.
In this lecture 'Modernisation in Russia: Things to Come, Things to be Overcome' Professor Yurgens, a former economic adviser to President Medvedev, addressed the social and political future of Russia. Positing a cyclical nature of the country's political and economic tranformation, he speculated that Russia's current "era of stability" is coming to an end.
The annual Erickson Lecture was established to mark the seminal contributions to military history and analysis made by John Erickson (1929-2002) while Professor of Defence Studies at the University of Edinburgh. It acts as a platform for prominent analysts and politicians to discuss relations between Russia and the wider world.
This article was published on May 16, 2013