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The Snowball Effect of Continued U.S.-Russia Strategic Mistrust

October 18, 2016|Robert Shines
With the recent end of the U.S.-Russia plutonium agreement, both sides are letting a proxy conflict in Syria undermine long-term global security.


Putin as Uncle Joe: Morals and Public Perception in U.S.-Russia Relations

September 19, 2016|Dmitry Shlapentokh
History shows how little moral principles define U.S. perception of Soviet and Russian leaders.


Combined Military Operations: The Practical Challenges of US-Russia Cooperation in Syria (Part II)

September 15, 2016|Michael Purcell
Reasonable management of expectations is essential to achieving an acceptable outcome for U.S.-Russian military cooperation in Syria.


What Putin Actually Said About Donald Trump

July 27, 2016|Olga Kuzmina
When it comes to speculations about the Russian president’s love for Trump, Western observers are lost in translation.


U.S.-Russia Relations and the New Euro-Atlantic Security: Time for a Smart Investment

May 23, 2016|Valeriia Bondareva
NATO’s best strategy to ensure the security of its members would be to create a more inclusive European security architecture.

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Rough Landing: What the Transaero Saga Tells Us About Russia’s Economy

May 18, 2016|Aaron Schwartzbaum
The death of airline Transaero is an unfortunate microcosm of everything wrong with Russia’s business climate.


Lofty Ideals, Practical Efforts: Turkish Engagement in Central Asia

May 3, 2016|Allen Park
Though its Central Asian ambitions failed to live up to their original promise, Turkey has positioned itself as an important player in the region.


The Future of Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Policy

April 28, 2016|Joshua Noonan
Kazakhstan must continue its multi-vector policy by deepening its non-Russian relationships, while shifting its focus to internal challenges.

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Russian Military Bases in Cuba and Vietnam: A Real Threat?

October 17, 2016 │Experts consider what’s behind Russia’s recent military base announcements and if the West should care.

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Our Programs

CGI Rising Experts Program

Former Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Aleksashenko speaks at CGI.

CGI invites young professionals currently working and/or conducting research in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies to apply for participation in the 2015-2016 CGI Rising Experts Program. The program, now in its third year, brings together promising young experts in the Washington, D.C. area for monthly networking and discussion events.


U.S.-Russia Relations

Obama Putin

U.S.-Russian relations are currently suffering from distrust and misperception on both sides, a fundamental obstacle that Obama’s ‘reset’ could not address on its own. Instead of focusing on mutual interests, the two countries tend to favor short-term policy fixes to individual crises. This program works towards a mentality shift, focusing on the construction a drastically new agenda based on a revised understanding of national interests and emerging global realities.


After Ukraine

After Ukraine

Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the Ukrainian crisis was viewed in the West as a direct challenge to the post-WWII order, placing under question such fundamental principles as state sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the inviolability of state borders. As the military conflict continues, our program will seek to examine the underlying issues brought to light by the conflict in Ukraine and attempt to identify its long-term impact on the international system.


Uneasy Triangle: Russia, China, and the U.S.

Uneasy Troika

Much has been said about Russia’s “turn to the East” following the signing of a 30-year gas deal between Moscow and Beijing in May 2014. But beyond its immediate economic and political significance, the long-term consequences of this event remain unclear. Uneasy Triangle: Russia, China, and the U.S. aims to explore the long-term implications of Russia’s growing ties with China, and the impact they might have on both countries’ relationships with the United States and Europe.


Global Governance: Emerging Challenges

The rise of multiple centers of power and the growing influence of non-state actors has brought about a transformation of the international system. Yet traditional international organizations, such as the United Nations and its Security Council, have shown themselves to be increasingly unable to respond to unforeseen events. CGI’s Global Governance program reexamines the foundations of the post-WWII international system and identifies new ways in which states could work together to respond more effectively to 21st-century challenges.


The Russian World: Examining a New National Concept

Russian World

The past decade has witnessed a growing discussion about the “Russian World,” the idea of a distinct Russian civilization, united by a common set of traditional values, often oriented in opposition to the West. Some see this concept as a means for the Russian government to project soft power in the near abroad, while others interpret the “Russian World” as a civilizational project that places Russia at the center of a broader Eurasian identity. The Russian World program will seek to clarify and examine this phenomenon, along with its consequences for Russia’s relationship with the West and the rest of the world.


Events Around DC

6:00 pm After The U.S. Election: Time To Re-Engage Russia? @ U.S. Navy Memorial
After The U.S. Election: Time To... @ U.S. Navy Memorial
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
The U.S. presidential election has revealed significant differences between the two leading candidates over how to deal with Russia and Vladimir Putin. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, its military campaign in Syria, and even its hacking […]
9:00 am New Dawn: Russia and the West after the US Presidential Elections @ Atlantic Council
New Dawn: Russia and the West af... @ Atlantic Council
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:15 pm
Welcoming Remarks and IntroductionWelcome remarks by:Mr. Damon WilsonExecutive Vice PresidentAtlantic CouncilThe Russian Factor in the US Presidential ElectionsA conversation with:Dr. Angela StentDirector, Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and Professor of Government and […]
6:00 pm The Icon and the Axe: A Conversation with James Billington @ Washington College of Law, American University
The Icon and the Axe: A Conversa... @ Washington College of Law, American University
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Carmel Institute for Russian Culture and History in cooperation with the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute invite you to save the date to honor James […]

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