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.

Meetings

A Conversation with Valery Khoroshkovsky

Speaker: Valery Khoroshkovsky, Former First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, George 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

Speaker: Thane Gustafson, Author, Wheel of Fortune: The Battle for Oil and Power in Russia; Senior Director, Russian and Caspian Energy, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Presiders: Michael A. Levi, David 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 Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, 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

Speaker: Anne Applebaum, Columnist, Washington Post and Slate
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, George 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

Speaker: George Bokeria, Secretary, National Security Council of Georgia
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, George 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

Speaker: Oleg Kashin, Journalism Fellow, The Paul Klebnikov Fund
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, George 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

Speaker: Alexey Pivovarov, NTV, Moscow
Presider: Esther Dyson, EDventure Holdings, Inc.
January 5, 2012

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Commercial and Economic Prospects in Russia

Speaker: David Peattie, BP PLC
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations
October 6, 2010

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A Conversation with Igor Yurgens

Speakers: Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow, CFR, Igor Yurgens, Chairman, Institute of Contemporary Development
October 16, 2009

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

Speakers: Jonathan H. Elkind, The Brookings Institution, Jeffrey Mankoff, Council on Foreign Relations, David G. Victor, Council on Foreign Relations
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations
February 18, 2009

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Is Putin in Trouble? A Roundtable with Garry Kasparov

Speaker: Garry Kasparov, Solidarnost Movement
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations
January 15, 2009

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Georgia, Russia, and the West

Speaker: David Bakradze, Parliament of the Republic of Georgia
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations
December 11, 2008

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U.S. Energy Policy in Eurasia

Speaker: Jennifer Coolidge, CMX Caspian and Gulf Consultants Ltd.
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations
October 29, 2008

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The Russian-Georgian War: What's at Stake

Speakers: Ghia Nodia, Republic of Georgia, Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations
October 1, 2008

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Roundtable on Turkmenistan: Prospects for Change Under the New Regime

Speaker: Ambassador Steven Mann, U.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?

Speaker: Sergei Karaganov, Chairman, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, George 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: Robert H. Legvold, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, Andrei Piontkovsky, Director, Center for Strategic Research (Moscow), Visting Fellow, Hudson Institute, Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Dimitri Simes, President, The Nixon Center
Presider: Leslie H. Gelb, President 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

Speaker: Ivane Merabishvili, Interior Minister, Republic of Georgia
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, George 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

Speaker: Alexander S. Voloshin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, United Energy System
Presider: Richard N. Haass, President, The Council on Foreign Relations
November 2, 2006 4:30–6:00 p.m.

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Lunch with President Saakashvili

Speaker: Mikhail Saakashvili, President, Republic of Georgia
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, George 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"

Speaker: Nino Burdjanadze, Speaker, Parliament of Georgia
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
September 7, 2005

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Ukraine Update

Speaker: Konstyantyn Gryshchenko, former Foreign Minister of Ukraine
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
June 13, 2005

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Ukraine: Orange Revolution Update

Speaker: John E. Herbst, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
March 9, 2005

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A Close Look at Ukraine

Speaker: Carlos B. Pascual, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
November 3, 2003

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A Conversation with Alexander Vershbow

Speaker: Alexander Vershbow, U.S. Embassy - Moscow
Panelists: Robert H. Legvold, Stephen Sestanovich, Columbia University
May 8, 2003

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Georgia and the Caucasus

Speaker: David Gamkrelidze, Parliament of Georgia
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations
December 10, 2002

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Ukraine's Application to NATO

Speaker: Konstyantyn Gryshchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to U.S.
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
July 2, 2002

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

Speaker: Lynn Pascoe, Department of State
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
March 25, 2002

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

Speaker: Alexander Vershbow, U. S. Ambassador to Russia
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
February 12, 2002

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

Speaker: John S. Wolf, Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation, Department of State
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
January 31, 2002

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