Critical Conversation: Russia: Why Now and What Next?

Jessikka Aro and Timothy Frye

Critical Conversation: Russia: Why Now and What Next?

Jessikka Aro and Timothy Frye

8:00pm

Thursday, September 22

Each day of the Festival, authors and industry experts will come together for candid, live conversations to examine a new facet of the culture and politics that shape the world around us and the books we read.

We looked on with horror, distress and confusion as Russia defied international law and national sovereignty to invade Ukraine in early 2022. As the conflict painfully continues, many of us continue to ask why, and for what result? Is it an unprompted act of dictatorial ego or part of a long-term strategy for global change? Join our panel to discuss what happened and where we go next, including award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro, author of Putin’s Trolls: On the Frontlines of Russia’s Information War Against the World, Timothy Frye, author of Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia and Anna Shternshis.

Moderated by Jeff Semple.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 22 at 8pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 75 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass

Presented with support from Nordic Bridges and FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange.

Nordic Bridges 2022 logo  FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange

Each day of the Festival, authors and industry experts will come together for candid, live conversations to examine a new facet of the culture and politics that shape the world around us and the books we read.

We looked on with horror, distress and confusion as Russia defied international law and national sovereignty to invade Ukraine in early 2022. As the conflict painfully continues, many of us continue to ask why, and for what result? Is it an unprompted act of dictatorial ego or part of a long-term strategy for global change? Join our panel to discuss what happened and where we go next, including award-winning journalist Jessikka Aro, author of Putin’s Trolls: On the Frontlines of Russia’s Information War Against the World, Timothy Frye, author of Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin’s Russia and Anna Shternshis.

Moderated by Jeff Semple.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 22 at 8pm ET
Where: Studio Theatre in Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 75 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass

Presented with support from Nordic Bridges and FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange.

Nordic Bridges 2022 logo  FILI - Finnish Literature Exchange

Featured Authors

Jessikka Aro is an award-winning reporter with Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializing in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 and 2015, she published a series of articles on pro-Kremlin social media trolls and their influence outside of Russia’s borders. Due to her investigations, Jessikka became the target of a severe and still ongoing international propaganda and hate speech campaign, which she recounts in Putin’s Trolls. In 2019, the US State Department awarded Jessikka the International Women of Courage Award, but the award was mysteriously rescinded by the Trump administration, allegedly due to her social media criticism of then President Trump. On December 1, 2020 Jessikka Aro received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, presented in partnership with the Washington Post and hosted by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Jessikka was recognized for her award-winning investigative reporting of Russian information warfare. Jessikka lives in Helsinki, Finland. Jessikka Aro’s Festival appearance is generously supported by FILI – Finnish Literature Exchange. Jessikka Aro appears as part of Nordic Bridges 2022.

Read more about Jessikka Aro

Timothy Frye is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy at Columbia University. Born in Utica, New York, he worked for the United States Information Agency in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, advised the Russian Securities and Exchange Commission in the 1990s, and co-directed a research laboratory at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow from 2011-2022. His books include Building States and Markets After Communism: The Perils of Polarized Democracy and Property Rights and Property Wrongs: How Power, Institutions, and Norms Shape Economic Conflict in Russia. He lives in New York City.

Read more about Timothy Frye

8:00pm

Thursday, September 22

What to read

Weak Strongman: The Limits Of Power In Putin’s Russia by , Putin’s Trolls: On the Frontlines of Russia’s Information War Against the World by ,
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