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Past Events

The European Security Order and the Future of NATO

September 26, 2017 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Elliott School of International Affairs, State Room (7th floor), 1957 E St NW, Washington DC

Join CGI and the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies for a discussion on the Eastern European security order and the future of NATO.


Near Abroad: A Book Discussion with Gerard Toal

March 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
GWU - IERES, Lindner Commons, 1957 E St. NW, Room 602, Washington, DC

Join CGI for a discussion on why Russia invades its neighbors.


Report Launch: Russia Policy for the Trump Administration

December 1, 2016|5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
City Club of Washington - Lincoln Room 555 13th St NW Washington DC 20004

Join CGI for the release of its latest report on U.S.-Russia relations.


Arrested Development: Rethinking Politics in Putin’s Russia

September 21, 2016|10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The National Press Club - First Amendment Room 529 14th St NW Washington DC 20045

In advance of the publication of the book “Arrested Development: Rethinking Politics in Putin’s Russia,” CGI hosted a panel with co-authors Maria Lipman, Nikolay Petrov, Kirill Rogov, Andrei Soldatov and Daniel Treisman on the forces shaping domestic Russian politics.


What the 2016 Elections Mean for U.S.-Russia Relations

September 12, 2016|10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Carnegie Endowment 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20036

Ahead of the U.S. presidential election and the September parliamentary elections in Russia, CGI held a discussion with Stephen Fish (UC Berkeley), Steven Sestanovich (CFR) and Igor Zevelev (Woodrow Wilson Center) on the role of U.S.-Russia relations in each country’s respective campaigns.


Russia’s AIDS Epidemic: Truths, Policies, and Future Outlook

July 13, 2016|10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Human Rights Campaign - Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington DC 20036

Russia is home to one of Europe’s largest HIV/AIDS populations. CGI hosted Robert Heimer and Judyth Twigg, two leading experts in the fields of epidemiology, demography and public health, to discuss the future of Russia’s struggle with the crisis.


Russia’s Military: Assessment, Strategy, and Threat

June 23, 2016 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace-Second Floor Conference Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

A discussion on Russia’s military modernization and what it means for the West with Michael Kofman (CNA) and Nikolas Gvosdev (Naval War College).


Nagorno-Karabakh: The Russia Factor

May 26, 2016 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Council on Foreign Relations (First Floor Conference Room), 1777 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

A discussion with Sergey Markedonov, a leading Russian expert on the Caucasus, and John Evans, former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, on Russia’s role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.


The Democracy Promotion Paradox

May 20, 2016 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Is democracy exportable? Lincoln Mitchell, author of The Democracy Promotion Paradox, draws on his experiences in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to explore the role of democracy promotion in U.S. foreign policy.


The Romanovs 1613-1918: A Talk with Simon Sebag Montefiore

May 5, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Russian Cultural Center, 1825 Phelps Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20008

A discussion with British best-selling author and historian Simon Sebag Montefiore on his latest book, The Romanovs: 1613-1918.


The Authoritarian Bias: Measuring Public Opinion in Russia

April 20, 2016 | 11:00 am — 12:00 pm
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004

A discussion with Kirill Rogov, visiting fellow at the Kennan Institute, about the challenges of working with poll data in Russia.


Russia Policy for the Next U.S. Administration

April 14, 2016 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
City Club of Washington, Washington Room, 555 13th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

On April 14, the Center on Global Interests held a discussion with Thomas Graham of Kissinger Associates, Andrew Kuchins of Georgetown University, and CGI President Nikolai Zlobin to debate how the next U.S. president should approach Russia.


Russia’s Domestic Outlook: An Inside Perspective

March 29, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - 1779 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Choate Room (1st Floor), Washington, DC 20036

A panel discussion with: Stanislav Kucher, journalist, talk show host and columnist, Natella Boltyanskaya, Echo of Moscow and Novaya Gazeta; Starovoitova Fellow, Kennan Institute Anton Ryzhov, Committee Against Torture; Starovoitova Fellow, Kennan Institute Moderator: Nikolai Zlobin, President and Founder, Center on Global Interests     As Russia prepares for parliamentary elections this fall, the country’s domestic situation remains in flux. An […]


Russia, Japan, and the G7

March 15, 2016 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Johns Hopkins – SAIS, Rome Building - Rome Auditorium (1st Floor), 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

A panel discussion with: Sheila Smith, Council on Foreign Relations Joshua Walker, German Marshall Fund E. Wayne Merry, American Foreign Policy Council Moderator: Clyde Prestowitz, President and Founder of the Economic Strategic Institute  Japan-Russia relations are at an important crossroads. This May, Japan will preside over the annual meeting of G7 countries, a club that […]


The U.S., Russia, and the New Middle East Disorder

February 2, 2016 │ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Murrow Room - 13th Floor, Washington, DC 2004

With Russia’s intervention in the Syrian conflict and Iran’s return from global isolation, the year 2015 was a watershed for the Middle East. Today the situation remains in flux, with renewed tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia and Turkey’s increasing clampdown on Kurdish fighters. Following the start of the latest round of Syria peace talks, the Center on […]


Turkey-Russia Conflict: What’s Next?

December 15, 2015 │ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Johns Hopkins - SAIS, Rome Building - Rome Auditorium (1st Floor), 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

 The escalating tensions between Turkey and Russia—brought to a head with the Turkish downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber jet in late November—exposed the competing objectives that presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin are pursuing in Syria. Since that incident Russia has adopted sanctions and restricted tourism to Turkey, while Moscow and Ankara have […]


Russia’s Regional Elections: Kremlin and Opposition Strategies

November 20, 2015 │ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Johns Hopkins - SAIS, Bernstein Offit Building, Room 736, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW , Washington, DC 20036

While presidential elections usually steal the headlines, it is regional elections that often reveal the most about Russia’s political system. What strategies does the opposition use to challenge the ruling United Russia party, and how does the Kremlin respond? How has the role of opposition parties evolved since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in […]


Uneasy Triangle: The United States, China, and Russia and the New Global Order

October 23, 2015 │ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027

Throughout the Cold War era, the triangular relationship formed between the United States, China, and Russia was central to forming modern global order. Today’s geopolitical and economic challenges have brought renewed urgency to understanding the evolving motivations of each of these powers in their relationships with one another.   On October 23, 2015, the Center […]


Young Perspectives on U.S. – Russia Relations with Angela Stent

Sept. 29, 2015│6:00pm - 7:30 pm
Johns Hopkins University – SAIS Rome Building, Room 806 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036

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 […]


Iran Nuclear Deal: Stability or Threat? with James Fallows

Sept. 4, 2015│11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The National Press Club - Murrow Room, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

As Congress prepares to vote on the Iran deal, our panel of distinguished experts will discuss the national-security stakes involved for the United States, Israel, Iran, and neighboring powers.


2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Political, Economic, and Social Implications

August 13, 2015│10:00 am - 11:30 am
George Washington University, Lindner Commons, Room 602, 1957 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20052

Watch footage of the kick-off event for the new joint project between CGI and Futbolgrad examining the political, economic, and social implications of Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


View from Russia: A Conversation with Alexey Venediktov, Echo of Moscow Editor-In-Chief

July 1, 2015│6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington (Auditorium), 812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

CGI hosted a discussion with Alexey Venediktov, editor-in-chief of the influential radio station Ekho Moskvy, on the Russian media climate, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and the state of U.S.-Russia relations.


Russia and its Northern Neighbors: Young Leaders on the Future of Baltic Security

June 16, 2015 │10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, Room 500, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Young professionals from Finland, Russia and the Baltic states presented views on regional security in a panel discussion organized in partnership with the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins – SAIS.


BRICS: Dead or Alive?

Friday, June 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Johns Hopkins University - SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, Room 500 , 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW , Washington, DC 20036

Sergey Aleksashenko (former Deputy Finance Minister of Russia), Kenneth Rapoza (Forbes) and Georgy Toloraya (MGIMO) debated the outlook for the group In the run-up to the 7th annual BRICS Summit.


Russia In The American Novel

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut (Cinema), 812 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Bestselling Russian author Dmitry Bykov talks about the evolution of Russian and American literary portrayals of one another.


“Putin. War:” The Making of the Nemtsov Report

Monday, June 1│5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Human Rights Campaign - Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Russian opposition leader Ilya Yashin discusses his role in the making of the posthumous report about clandestine Russian military involvement in Ukraine.


The Russian World: Russia’s Soft Power and Geopolitical Imagination

Thursday, May 21│12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
George Washington University, State Room, 1957 E St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

Video of the report launch with author Marlene Laurelle, Director of the Central Asia Program at George Washington University.


U.S.-Russia Relations Beyond Ukraine: Realities and Recommendations

Wednesday, May 20 │12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
George Washington University, Lindner Commons (6th Floor), 1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

Where are U.S-Russian relations moving beyond Ukraine? Video of our report launch and discussion with author Richard Weitz of the Hudson Institute and Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution.


History’s War: The Political Uses of WWII

Thursday, May 7, 2015 │10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Johns Hopkins University - SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, Room 500, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

As Europe celebrates the 70th anniversary of Allied victory, the Ukrainian crisis and the broader reemergence of nationalism have increasingly politicized the war’s narrative. What role has the war historically played in Russia and Eastern Europe, and how is it currently defining modern politics? On Thursday, May 7th, CGI hosted a half-day event to discuss the […]


Student Meeting With Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak

April 23, 2015, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

On April 23, 2015, CGI partnered with the Embassy of the Russian Federation to provide an opportunity for students pursuing IR, national security, and Russia-related studies to take part in an informal discussion with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak on key issues of U.S.-Russia relations. Participants included graduate and advanced undergraduate students from American University, George Washington […]


Rising Experts Task Force

CGI’s year-long Rising Experts program brings together advanced students and young professionals working on Russia and Eurasia for monthly discussions and events.


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