George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Russia and the former Soviet Union; Caucasus and Central Asia; U.S. foreign policy.
The Kennan Roundtable is an ongoing series of meetings that focus on the major policy questions posed by changing U.S. relationships with Russia and the former Soviet states of Eurasia. Meetings examine areas of expanding cooperation and emerging areas of discord, with topics including governance and the rule of law, social and economic issues, and nuclear weapons and nonproliferation.
January 22, 2009—New York, NY
October 1, 2001—June 30, 2006
The war on terrorism opened a huge opportunity to put Russian-American relations on a different and more constructive long-term footing. This was the subject of the Council on Foreign Relations-Harriman Institute Roundtable in 2001-2002.
In 2002-2003, the project directors focused the group more closely on an area that seemed poised for new progress under President Putin: Russia's integration into the international economy. Sessions have addressed the question of a Russian-American energy "alliance"; Russian accession to the WTO and relations with the European Union; and the domestic political backdrop of Putin's strategy. A session held in early May assessed the impact of Iraq on Russian-American relations and Russian foreign policy more broadly.
In 2003-2004, sessions focused on the coming Russian election cycle (Putin faced re-election in March), while using the occasion to examine how Russian developments have and have not met expectations since 1991.
In 2004-2006, the roundtable also focused on the evolution of Russian domestic politics in the wake of President Putin's reelection, the YUKOS affair, and the higher priority assigned to democratization by the United States.
September 1, 1999—December 31, 2002