How did Putin take a democratic country and turn it into a dictatorship with a cult of personality? This session will cover how Russia went from being a "friend" of the free world to a "designated enemy." It will focus on Putin's consolidation of power and how Russia lost its way, including an overview of the 1999 apartment bombings in Moscow, the Chechen War, the destruction of independent media, and the destruction of independent business. Finally, the session's speakers will discuss the free world's lack of action while this transition to authoritarianism occurred.
2 PUTIN'S REACH AND VISION
What will the future look like if Putin has his way? What is his foreign policy? What is Putin's influence inside the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world? This session will illuminate issues including Russian interference in foreign elections, hacking, and the chaos caused by Putin's propaganda across the world. The speakers will analyze Putin's contamination of global politics and draw a parallel between the rise of Putin and the decline of freedom across the world.
lunch session INSIDE PUTIN'S MIND
What do democratic leaders and foreign policy experts need to know in order to understand Putins thinking properly? A renowned neuroscientist with expertise in psychopathy and narcissism will explain how dictators think.
3.1 PUTIN'S WARS
Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria: Putin has interfered in multiple conflicts across the world and suffered no consequences. This section will provide an overview of the objectives and consequences of Putin's warmongering.
3.2 THE KILLINGS OF VLADIMIR PUTIN
One way Putin maintains control is by killing those in his path, and orchestrating calamities to create public support for his police state.
This session will explore the political assassinations of Alexander Litvinenko, Boris Nemtsov, and Anna Politskovskaya, among others, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding events like the downing of MH17 in 2014..
4 THE RICHEST MAN IN HISTORY AND HIS ACCOMPLICES
In this session, speakers will analyze the extent of kleptocracy in Russia, with a focus on collusion between Putin and his accomplices. What does Putin own and how did he acquire it? Who are Putin's bagmen and cronies, his foreign accomplices, his local enablers? What should international law enforcement do in light of this information?
5 THE END OF PUTIN'S TYRANNY
A panel of experts will examine the likelihood and potential instigators of an end of Putin's reign. If Putin ceases to look strong will his cronies betray him? What will accelerate the end of the regime? Will strong deterrence and sanctions bring about Putin's downfall? Will Putin's regime end when he dies of old age? Will he groom a successor? What is possible and what is likely?