Dr. Jade McGlynn, director of the Monterey Trialogue Initiative and a co-director of the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia, published several articles this month that illuminate not only the conflict in Ukraine but also the ways in which politicians and the media use memory and historical narratives to achieve political ends.
In “Why Putin Keeps Talking about Kosovo” (Foreign Policy), McGlynn offers insight into the Russian understanding of Western military actions in the Balkans in 1999, used to justify Russia’s own claims to great power status. “Russian Rekindling of the Great Patriotic War” (published through the British International Studies Association) analyzes how the Russian media and government have appropriated the strong cultural memory of World War II to frame their military invasion of Ukraine. In the academic journal, Memory Studies, McGlynn explores the “memory diplomacy” between Russia and Serbia, looking at how both countries use the past to strengthen diplomatic relations.
Across her three most recent publications, McGlynn draws on her expertise in Russian memory politics to provide a framework for the war in Ukraine and highlight connections that the Russian government has made between the current and previous conflicts.