Roundtable on Russian Politics and Foreign Policy

Directors: Robert H. Legvold, and Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies
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.

The roundtable's current focus is on the evolution of Russian domestic politics in the wake of President Putin's re-election, the YUKOS affair, and the higher priority assigned to democratization by the United States.

Meetings

Roundtable on Russian Politics and Foreign Policy: The New Trilateralism

Speakers: Aaron Louis Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, Harry Harding, Director of Research and Analysis, Eurasia Group, Robert H. Legvold, Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations
December 4, 2006 6:30–9:00 p.m.

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Investing in Putin's Russia

Speaker: William Browder, CEO, Hermitage Capital Managment Limited
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
April 20, 2005

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Putin's Normal Country?

Speakers: Lilia Shevtsova, Carnegie Moscow Center, Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University
Presiders: Robert H. Legvold, Stephen Sestanovich, Columbia University
March 22, 2004

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The Domestic Politics of Russia's Foreign Economic Policy

Panelist: Robert H. Legvold, Columbia University
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
April 14, 2003

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Russia, the WTO, and the EU

Speakers: Anders Aslund, Carnegie Endowment, Richard E. Ericson, Columbia University
Panelist: Robert H. Legvold, Columbia University
Presider: Stephen Sestanovich
March 4, 2003

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