9:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Johns Hopkins SAIS, Room 500, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Russia’s economy has endured a tumultuous year: falling oil prices, international sanctions and a declining ruble have pressed the Kremlin to answer questions about the long-term sustainability of its current growth model. What opportunities and challenges face the Russian economy in 2015? What are the Kremlin’s economic priorities and how will it craft policy to reach these ends in the coming year? On Wednesday, January 28, CGI will host a half-day conference featuring top Russian and American experts to discuss the outlook for Russia’s economic future.


9:30 AM – 11:00 AMPanel 1: Domestic Dynamics of the Economic Downturn

  • Sergey Aleksashenko, Private Solutions LLC; former Deputy Minister of Finance of Russia and former Deputy Governor, Russian Central Bank.
  • Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University.
  • Maxim Trudolyubov, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center and Opinion Page Editor, Vedomosti Daily, Russia.

11:15 AM – 12:45 PMPanel 2: International Ramifications of a Weakening Russia

  • Dieter Dettke, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University; former U.S. Representative and Executive Director, Washington Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
  • Jill Dougherty, Public Policy Scholar, Kennan Institute; former Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CNN.
  • Edward Verona, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates; former President, U.S.-Russia Business Council.

About the Speakers:

Sergey Aleksashenko is former Deputy Minister of Finance of Russia and former Deputy Governor of the Russian Central Bank. A former scholar-in-residence in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Economic Policy Program, he is currently and independent consultant for Private Solutions LLC.

Anders Aslund has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute since 2006. He previously worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, first as a senior associate and later as director of the Russian and Eurasian Program. He also worked at the Brookings Institution and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Dieter Dettke is former U.S. Representative and Executive Director of the Washington Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, political Counselor and Foreign Policy and International Security Advisor of the SPD Parliamentary Group of the German Parliament (Bundestag), and staff Director of the Office of the State Minister of the German Foreign Office. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

Jill Dougherty is an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union. In her three-decade career with CNN, Dougherty served as a Foreign Affairs Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., where she covered the State Department and provided analysis on international issues.

Maxim Trudolyubov is a prominent political commentator and journalist. He is the editorial page editor of Vedomosti, and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Moscow Times, and The Kyiv Post, among others. A recipient of the 2007 Paul Klebnikov Fund award for courageous Russian journalism, he was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.

Edward Verona serves as Senior Advisor for McLarty Associates, where he advises clients on issues in Russia and throughout Europe and Eurasia, with an additional focus on energy matters. Prior to joining McLarty, Mr. Verona served for five years as President of the U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC).