George F. Kennan Roundtable on Russia and Eurasia

Director: Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies
October 1, 2001 - Present

The Kennan Roundtable is an on-going 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. Whether measured by the near-alliance between Presidents Bush and Putin, the establishment of bases in Central Asia, or Ukraine's decision to seek NATO membership, there has been significant enhancement of these relationships since September 11. Understanding their durability and direction is the principal aim.

Meetings examine areas of expanding cooperation, such as Moscow's unfolding energy strategy and the security of sensitive nuclear materials. We will also look at emerging areas of discord. In the case of Russia, these include the tensions associated with its recurrent pressures on Georgia; in the case of Ukraine and Central Asia, the continuing emphasis placed by U.S. policy on democratization and human rights.

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A Conversation with Valery Khoroshkovsky

Speakers Valery KhoroshkovskyFormer First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Valery KhoroshkovskyFormer First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine
Presiders Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 24, 2013

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Wheel of Fortune: The Future of Russian Energy Politics

Speakers Thane GustafsonAuthor, Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia; Senior Director, Russian and Caspian Energy, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Thane GustafsonAuthor, Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia; Senior Director, Russian and Caspian Energy, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Presiders Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Michael A. LeviDavid M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Michael A. LeviDavid M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations
January 18, 2013 12:15–12:45 p.m. - Lunch
12:45–1:45 p.m. - Meeting

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The Iron Curtain and Beyond: Eastern Europe in the Cold War and Today

Speakers Anne ApplebaumColumnist, Washington Post and Slate, Anne ApplebaumColumnist, Washington Post and Slate
Presiders Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 27, 2012

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The Future of U.S.-Georgia Relations

Speakers George BokeriaSecretary, National Security Council of Georgia, George BokeriaSecretary, National Security Council of Georgia
Presiders Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 17, 2012

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A Conversation with Oleg Kashin

Speakers Oleg KashinJournalism Fellow, The Paul Klebnikov Fund, Oleg KashinJournalism Fellow, The Paul Klebnikov Fund
Presiders Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 5, 2012

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Russian Protests and the Media

Speakers Alexey PivovarovNTV, Moscow, Alexey PivovarovNTV, Moscow
Presiders Esther DysonEDventure Holdings, Inc., Esther DysonEDventure Holdings, Inc.
January 5, 2012

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Commercial and Economic Prospects in Russia

Speakers David PeattieBP PLC, David PeattieBP PLC
Presiders Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 6, 2010

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A Conversation with Igor Yurgens

Speakers Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow, CFR, Igor YurgensChairman, Institute of Contemporary Development, Igor YurgensChairman, Institute of Contemporary Development, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow, CFR
October 16, 2009

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The Energy Security Picture: Russia, Europe, and the United States

Speakers Jonathan H. ElkindThe Brookings Institution, Jeffrey MankoffCouncil on Foreign Relations, David G. VictorCouncil on Foreign Relations, Jonathan H. ElkindThe Brookings Institution, Jeffrey MankoffCouncil on Foreign Relations, David G. VictorCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presiders Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations
February 18, 2009

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Is Putin in Trouble? A Roundtable with Garry Kasparov

Speakers Garry KasparovSolidarnost Movement, Garry KasparovSolidarnost Movement
Presiders Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations
January 15, 2009

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Georgia, Russia, and the West

Speakers David BakradzeParliament of the Republic of Georgia, David BakradzeParliament of the Republic of Georgia
Presiders Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations
December 11, 2008

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U.S. Energy Policy in Eurasia

Speakers Jennifer CoolidgeCMX Caspian and Gulf Consultants Ltd., Jennifer CoolidgeCMX Caspian and Gulf Consultants Ltd.
Presiders Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 29, 2008

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The Russian-Georgian War: What's at Stake

Speakers Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations, Ghia NodiaRepublic of Georgia, Ghia NodiaRepublic of Georgia, Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 1, 2008

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Roundtable on Turkmenistan: Prospects for Change Under the New Regime

Speakers Ambassador Steven MannU.S. Coordinator for Eurasian Energy Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State, Ambassador Steven MannU.S. Coordinator for Eurasian Energy Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
May 20, 2008

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Tension Between Russia and the West: Can We Go Too Far?

Speakers Sergei KaraganovChairman, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Sergei KaraganovChairman, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy
Presiders Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
December 3, 2007

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Marshall Shulman Memorial Event: Russian-American Relations - Can We Do Better?

Panelists Dimitri SimesPresident, The Nixon Center, Andrei PiontkovskyDirector, Center for Strategic Research (Moscow), Visting Fellow, Hudson Institute, Robert H. LegvoldProfessor of Political Science, Columbia University, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Robert H. LegvoldProfessor of Political Science, Columbia University, Andrei PiontkovskyDirector, Center for Strategic Research (Moscow), Visting Fellow, Hudson Institute, Dimitri SimesPresident, The Nixon Center, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presiders Leslie H. GelbPresident Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Leslie H. GelbPresident Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
October 22, 2007 5:30–6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00–7:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion

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Breakfast with Ivane Merabishvili

Speakers Ivane MerabishviliInterior Minister, Republic of Georgia, Ivane MerabishviliInterior Minister, Republic of Georgia
Presiders Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations
January 23, 2007 8:30–10:00 a.m.

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Roundtable with Alexander Voloshin

Speakers Alexander S. VoloshinChairman of the Board of Directors, United Energy System, Alexander S. VoloshinChairman of the Board of Directors, United Energy System
Presiders Richard N. HaassPresident, The Council on Foreign Relations, Richard N. HaassPresident, The Council on Foreign Relations
November 2, 2006 4:30–6:00 p.m.

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Lunch with President Saakashvili

Speakers Mikhail SaakashviliPresident, Republic of Georgia, Mikhail SaakashviliPresident, Republic of Georgia
Presiders Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations
September 22, 2006 12:30–2:00 p.m.

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Georgia Two Years After the "Rose Revolution"

Speakers Nino BurdjanadzeSpeaker, Parliament of Georgia, Nino BurdjanadzeSpeaker, Parliament of Georgia
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
September 7, 2005

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Ukraine Update

Speakers Konstyantyn Gryshchenkoformer Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Konstyantyn Gryshchenkoformer Foreign Minister of Ukraine
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
June 13, 2005

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Ukraine: Orange Revolution Update

Speakers John E. HerbstU.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, U.S. Department of State, John E. HerbstU.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, U.S. Department of State
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
March 9, 2005

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A Close Look at Ukraine

Speakers Carlos B. PascualU.S. Department of State, Carlos B. PascualU.S. Department of State
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
November 3, 2003

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A Conversation with Alexander Vershbow

Speakers Alexander VershbowU.S. Embassy - Moscow, Alexander VershbowU.S. Embassy - Moscow
Panelists Robert H. Legvold, Stephen SestanovichColumbia University, Robert H. Legvold, Stephen SestanovichColumbia University
May 8, 2003

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Georgia and the Caucasus

Speakers David GamkrelidzeParliament of Georgia, David GamkrelidzeParliament of Georgia
Presiders Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations, Stephen SestanovichCouncil on Foreign Relations
December 10, 2002

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Ukraine's Application to NATO

Speakers Konstyantyn GryshchenkoAmbassador of Ukraine to U.S., Konstyantyn GryshchenkoAmbassador of Ukraine to U.S.
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
July 2, 2002

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The U.S., Central Asia and the Caucasus: Strategic Outlook

Speakers Lynn PascoeDepartment of State, Lynn PascoeDepartment of State
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
March 25, 2002

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America's Response to Terrorism: U. S. - Russia Relations

Speakers Alexander VershbowU. S. Ambassador to Russia, Alexander VershbowU. S. Ambassador to Russia
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
February 12, 2002

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America's Response to Terrorism: Russia and Non-Proliferation

Speakers John S. WolfAssistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation, Department of State, John S. WolfAssistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation, Department of State
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
January 31, 2002

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