The Russian-American relationship has reached its lowest point since the end of the Cold War. While the Ukrainian crisis has been the catalyst for pushing tensions over the edge, a number of more pervasive issues, such as disagreements over bilateral arms control, European security, and crises in the Middle East continue to drive Moscow and Washington apart.
What role have domestic factors played in shaping the present situation, and how has each side crafted its respective policies toward the other? What channels of cooperation remain, and where are U.S-Russia relations moving beyond Ukraine?
On May 20, CGI and the Institute for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at GWU hosted a discussion with Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute, on the future of the U.S.-Russian relationship. The event marked the release of Dr. Weitz’s report for CGI, “The United States and Russia: Realities and Recommendations Moving Forward.” Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution joined as the discussant. CGI President Nikolai Zlobin moderated the discussion.
About the Speakers:
Richard Weitz is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. Dr. Weitz is also an Expert at Wikistrat and a non-resident Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Dr. Weitz has authored or edited several books and monographs, including Turkey’s New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States (Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College, 2014), Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific (Praeger, 2013), and Global Security Watch—China (Praeger, 2013).
Fiona Hill is Director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. She is also co-author of the second edition of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (Brookings Institution Press, 2015). From 2006 to 2009, Hill served as the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. Prior to joining Brookings, Hill was director of strategic planning at The Eurasia Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1999, she held a number of positions directing technical assistance and research projects at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.