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

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Roundtable on Russian Politics and Foreign Policy: The New Trilateralism

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

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Investing in Putin's Russia

Speakers William BrowderCEO, Hermitage Capital Managment Limited, William BrowderCEO, Hermitage Capital Managment Limited
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
April 20, 2005

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Putin's Normal Country?

Speakers Lilia ShevtsovaCarnegie Moscow Center, Andrei ShleiferHarvard University, Andrei ShleiferHarvard University, Lilia ShevtsovaCarnegie Moscow Center
Presiders Robert H. Legvold, Robert H. Legvold, Stephen SestanovichColumbia University, Stephen SestanovichColumbia University
March 22, 2004

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The Domestic Politics of Russia's Foreign Economic Policy

Panelists Robert H. LegvoldColumbia University, Robert H. LegvoldColumbia University
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
April 14, 2003

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Russia, the WTO, and the EU

Speakers Anders AslundCarnegie Endowment, Richard E. EricsonColumbia University, Anders AslundCarnegie Endowment, Richard E. EricsonColumbia University
Panelists Robert H. LegvoldColumbia University, Robert H. LegvoldColumbia University
Presiders Stephen Sestanovich, Stephen Sestanovich
March 4, 2003

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