U.S.-Russian Relations in the Next Administration
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At a particularly difficult time in U.S.-Russian relations, the election of Donald Trump has some analysts predicting a change in the challenging status quo of U.S.-Russian relations. However, it has proven difficult to translate such thinking into long-term, sustainable changes in the relationship. Moreover, on the most problematic elements of its foreign policy for Washington, Moscow does not seem ready to change course. Clearly, Russia is likely to remain a key part of the foreign policy agenda during the next presidential administration. Therefore, it is worth reflecting on the realistic scenarios for U.S.-Russian relations during the next four years. With this in mind, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) invites you to a discussion with Dr. Chris Miller who will present his paper "U.S.-Russian Relations in the Next Administration." The paper is a product of a working group at GMF generously supported by the Latvian Ministry of Defense. Georgetown University Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies Dr. Angela Stent will serve as a respondent, and GMF Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy Derek Chollet will moderate the discussion.
Chris Miller is the Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University and a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His book The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR will be published in December 2016. He is currently working on a new book on Russian economic policy from 1998 to present. Dr. Miller’s other research interests include political economy, economic history, and financial history. He has served as a Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, a Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institute, a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center, a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution, and as a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow. Publications include “Income Inequality and Public Policy” and “Economic Take Off or Great Leap Forward: Soviet Assessments of Chinese Economic Reforms during Perestroika.” He received his PhD and MA from Yale University and his BA in history from Harvard University.
Angela E. Stent is Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-chairs its Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. From 2004-06 she served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. She has also served as a visiting professor at Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), where she was also a Fulbright Fellow. Her publications include Repairing US-Russian Relations: A Long Road Ahead (with Eugene B. Rumer), “Restoration and Revolution in Putin’s Foreign Policy,” and “Reluctant Europeans: Three Centuries of Russian Ambivalence toward the West.” Her latest book is The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (2014). Dr. Stent received her PhD from Harvard University’s Department of Government.
Derek Chollet is the counselor and senior advisor for security and defense policy at GMF. From 2012-15, Chollet was the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, where he managed U.S. defense policy issues related to the nations and international organizations of Europe (including NATO), the Middle East, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere, as well as advising Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel. Prior to joining the Pentagon, Chollet served at the White House as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff. From 2009-11, he was the principal deputy director of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s policy planning staff. Chollet is also the author, co-author, or co-editor of six books on U.S. foreign policy.