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2018 Great Decisions: Russia’s Foreign Policy

Russia’s Foreign Policy

April 12

Russia’s Foreign Policy

Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies, namely along Russia’s historical borderlands. Russia caused an international uproar in 2016, when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. But Putin’s foreign policy toolkit includes other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria. How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the United States respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions? 


Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Stephen Roethler Sr. Lecturer, University College & Dept. of History Coordinator, General Studies Degree Program at Texas State University

Jeremy Roethler

Jeremy RoetherCurriculum Vitae

A native of the West Coast, Dr. Roethler is entering his second decade of residence in Central Texas. His previous teaching experience included tenure-line appointments at Sul-Ross State University-Rio Grande College (Uvalde, TX) and Schreiner University (Kerrville, TX). At the introductory level, he considers himself a teaching generalist. He has taught both halves of the American History survey, both halves of the Western Civilization survey and both halves of the World Civilizations survey. He also has experience teaching outside of his home discipline in political science, philosophy, religious studies, and interdisciplinary studies. At the advanced levels, Dr. Roethler has taught courses in his doctoral fields of specialty, including modern German history, European intellectual and cultural history, the Third Reich and the Holocaust, modern Russian history, and the history of late nineteenth and early twentieth century European nationalism, with focus on central-eastern Europe and the Ottoman domains.

Dr. Roethler’s ongoing research focuses on the history of the Catholic Church and its complex relationship with German nationalism and German national identity in the early 20th Century. He is the author of Germany’s Catholic Fraternities and the Weimar Republic (a modified version of his dissertation manuscript) (New York: Peter Lang, 2015). His article “Albert Leo Schlageter: First Soldier of the Third Reich or Catholic War Hero?” will appear in the autumn 2017 edition of Catholic Historical Review. Dr. Roethler is currently working on an article or potentially manuscript length project on Dr. Erhard Schlund, a Franciscan theologian and spiritual advisor of Germany’s largest Catholic fraternal organization during the Weimar Republic and the early years of the Third Reich. (Schlund also had a brief public existence with his fraternity in the early post-World War II years.) The project title is tentatively: “Father Erhard Schlund: A Catholic Dialogue with Nazi Antisemitism.”

Dr. Roethler’s productive interests are not limited strictly to Europe. In the recent past, he served as the Content Editor for the Texas State University common experience interactive timeline, entitled, “An Overview of Pivotal U.S. Wars, Conflicts and Interventions Since 1917.” During his past service at Schreiner University, Dr. Roethler authored 63 one-minute vignettes broadcast from 2011-2013 as part of the “This Week in the Civil War,” series (Texas Public Radio), commemorating the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Many of these vignettes explored the generally underappreciated European reception to the American Civil War. (Dr. Roethler also delivered a Robert P. Hallman Chautauqua Lecture related to this topic, entitled, “Karl Marx and the American Civil War,” Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX, April 29, 2013.)

At Texas State University, Dr. Roethler additionally serves as Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer for the General Studies Degree Program.

Dr. Roethler received his Ph.D. degree in History from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2007 and his MA and BA degrees in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1996 and 1992, respectively.



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