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Russia and the West

U.S. and Russian flags (Photo: Reuters/ Maxim Shemetov)

May 1, 2017

U.S. and Russian flags (Photo: Reuters/ Maxim Shemetov)
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Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West.

The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state of U.S.-Russia relations with Dmitri Trenin, the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and Alexander R. Vershbow, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia and NATO. You can watch their discussion, which Paula J. Dobriansky moderated, below:

This keynote session was followed by four panel discussions. The first panel featured a great conversation about whether the United States mishandled relations with Russia after the Soviet Union collapsed. Michael Mandelbaum presided over the discussion with James M. GoldgeierPhillip H. Gordon, and Marie Mendras.

The second panel assessed economic, political, demographic, and military trends in modern-day Russia. Drew J. Guff presided over that conversation among Keir GilesHeidi Crebo-Rediker, and Kathryn Stoner.

The third panel examined Russian foreign policy. Andrew Nagorski moderated the discussion with Jennifer M. HarrisJames Nixey, and Alina Polyakova about Russia’s relations with Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States.

The final panel discussed how the United States and the West should respond to Russia’s current foreign policy. Kimberly Marten, author of a recent Council Special Report on Reducing Tensions Between Russia and NATO, moderated a great exchange among Samuel CharapThomas Gomart, and Charles Kupchan.

So if you have time, check out these interesting and informative discussions.

Corey Cooper assisted in the preparation of this post.