The recent closure of the American Center in Moscow is the latest symbol of the eroding US-Russia relationship. Meanwhile, solving numerous issues, including Syria, Iran, and the Ukraine crisis requires greater collaboration between Washington and Moscow.
How can leaders on both sides reconcile their differences to begin to address these challenges? What innovative approaches can be used to open new dialogues and foster great understanding? The Center on Global Interests brought together four alums of its Rising Experts Program for a panel discussion on the future of US-Russia relations with Angela Stent, CERES Director at Georgetown University. This event marked the end of CGI’s 2014-2015 Rising Experts Program and the publication of select participant’s essays in the collection “Beyond Cold War Thinking: Young Perspectives on U.S.-Russia Relations.”
Angela 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 Fellow (non-resident) at the Brookings Institution and co-chairs its Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. During the academic year 2015-2016 she is a fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund. From 2004-2006 she served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. From 1999 to 2001, she served in the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State. Her latest book is The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2014), for which she won the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Douglas Dillon prize for the best book on the practice of American Diplomacy.
Alec Albright is a graduate student at the Center for Eurasian, Russia and East European Studies, School of Foreign Service, at Georgetown University, as well as a candidate in the Landegger Honors Program in International Business Diplomacy where he is Wallenberg Fellow.
Korneliya Bachiyska has a PhD in political science from American University, where she teaches courses on comparative politics and national security.
Leslie Martin is pursuing her M.A. in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Yelena Osipova is a PhD Candidate at the School of International Service, American University, where she is working on her dissertation titled “Public Diplomacy in Transition: Negotiating Russian Identity and Soft Power.”