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ENGAGE: US-Russia Relations: Illusions vs. Reality
April 11, 2017 @ 6:30 PM—7:30 PM UTC+0$7-207.
Tension in US-Russia relations is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War. Russia’s 2012 invasion of Ukraine, Putin’s continued support of the Assad regime in Syria along with the unprecedented accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election have fanned these flames. While the political legitimacy of Putin’s Russia is predicated on rebuilding its global prominence among its neighbors in both Europe and the Middle East, all at the expense of the United States, the new Trump administration has indicated that they will prioritize healing the relationship. Is it possible that Trump’s pro-Russia approach will lead to stronger US-Russia cooperation, or is the relationship too broken to fix?
How can we signal to Russia that interference in our domestic politics is unacceptable and will have repercussions? What can we do to reduce the risk of an accidental or unintended NATO-Russian military confrontation? In what ways can we collaborate with Russia on fighting terrorism and eliminating nuclear threats in the Middle East?
Andrew Weiss, Director of Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will share his perspectives on the future of US-Russia relations as well as key policy recommendations to manage the bilateral relationship.
Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace