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Apr 05

After Munich and Riyadh: The Future of US-Russian Relations

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The U.S.-Russia relationship has further deteriorated since Russian President Vladimir Putin's delivered his "Fulton" speech at the Wehrkunde security conference in Munich last February.  Putin's harsh words, followed by a visit to the U.S. Middle East allies, including Saudi Arabia, where he promoted sales of nuclear reactors and modern weaponry evoked images of Cold War.  Nevertheless, Russia appears to cooperate on Iran, and recognizes that other issues, such as nuclear safety, are paramount. This conference will examine shifting Russian foreign policy strategy and its priorities; review causes for a dramatic shift in Moscow's geopolitical role; and will consider changes that took place in the relationship between Russia and the U.S. under the Putin and Bush administrations.   Only with solid understanding of Russia's foreign policy strategy and its drivers, undertaken at the first panel of the conference, can we successfully map out US strategy, options, and specific  policies for the future - the task the second panel will have to cope with. 

More About the Speakers

Dr. Kim R. Holmes
Vice President,
Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, and
Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies, 
The Heritage Foundation

Panel I:  The State of US-Russian Relations: A new Cold War or Creative Tensions?

Steedman Hinckley
National Intelligence Officer (Acting), 
Russia and Eurasia,
National Intelligence Council/DNI

Dmitri Trenin, Ph.D.
Deputy Director,
The Carnegie Moscow Center, and 
Foreign and Security Policy Project

Andrew Kuchins, Ph.D.
Director and Senior Fellow,
Russia and Eurasia Program,
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Panel II:  Where Are We Going from Here-And How?

Angela Stent, Ph.D.
Professor and Director,
Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies,
Georgetown University

Mary Warlick
Russian Affairs,
U.S. Department of State