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After the Biden-Putin Summit: The State of US-Russia Relations One Year into the Biden Administration

November 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for a meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Series, co-hosted by the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.

Following the June presidential summit in Geneva with Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden commented that as “powerful and proud countries” the United States and Russia “share a unique responsibility to manage the relationship” in order to make it “stable and predictable.” What is the state of US-Russia relations following the summit and how successful have Washington and Moscow been in realizing this stated goal  to make relations more stable and predictable?  What has been the impact of global events like the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic? Does the Russian military build up near Ukraine augur a period of renewed tension and even conflict? What is the position of each country now towards the domestic political affairs of the other? And how successful have the two sides been in finding new areas for possible coordination or cooperation? Please join us for a remote Zoom panel on November 29th with a distinguished group of academics, practitioners and commentators to assess the state of US-Russia relations.

Register for the Zoom webinar or watch the event on the YouTube livestream


Timothy Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University

Alexander Gabuev, Senior Fellow and Chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program, Carnegie Moscow Center

Rose Gottemoeller, Steven C. Házy Lecturer, Stanford University Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Center for International Security and Cooperation; Former Deputy Secretary General of NATO

Robert Legvold, Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Columbia University; previous Harriman Institute Director (1986–1992)

Maria Snegovaya, Postdoctoral Fellow, Political Science, Virginia Tech University; Visiting Scholar, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and  Illiberalism Studies Program, George Washington University

Moderated by:

Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Joshua Tucker, Director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, New York University


Timothy Colton is Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies at Harvard University. He has previously served as director of the Davis Center and chair of the Harvard Department of Government. Colton’s main research interest is Russian and Eurasian government and politics. He is the author of, among other works, The Dilemma of Reform in the Soviet Union (Council on Foreign Relations, 1986); Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (Harvard University Press, 1995), which was named best scholarly book in government and political science by the Association of American Publishers; Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New Russia (Harvard University Press, 2000); Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000, with Michael McFaul (Brookings, 2003); Yeltsin: A Life (Basic Books, 2008, and published in Russia by Atticus-Azbuka in 2013); Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia, with Samuel Charap (International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2017). Colton has been a fellow of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences since 2011.

Alexander Gabuev is a senior fellow and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. His research is focused on Russia’s policy toward East and Southeast Asia, political and ideological trends in China, and China’s relations with its neighbors—especially those in Central Asia. Prior to joining Carnegie, Gabuev was a member of the editorial board of Kommersant publishing house and served as deputy editor in chief of Kommersant-Vlast, one of Russia’s most influential newsweeklies. Gabuev started his career at Kommersant in 2007 working as a senior diplomatic reporter, as a member of then president Dmitry Medvedev’s press corps, and as deputy foreign editor for Kommersant. His reporting covered Russia’s relations with Asian powers and the connection between Russian business interests and foreign policy. Gabuev has previously worked as a nonresident visiting research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and taught courses on Chinese energy policy and political culture at Moscow State University. In April-June 2018, Gabuev was a visiting scholar at Fudan University (Shanghai, China), and was teaching courses on Sino-Russian relations. Gabuev is a Munich Young Leader of Munich International Security Conference and a member of Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (Russia).

Rose Gottemoeller is the Steven C. Házy Lecturer at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation. Gottemoeller was the Deputy Secretary General of NATO from 2016 to 2019, where she helped to drive forward NATO’s adaptation to new security challenges in Europe and in the fight against terrorism. Prior to NATO, she served as the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the US Department of State, advising the Secretary of State on arms control, nonproliferation and political-military affairs. While Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in 2009 and 2010, she was the chief US negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation. Prior to her government service, she was a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, with joint appointments to the Nonproliferation and Russia programs. She served as the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008, and is currently a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. She is also a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Robert Legvold is Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he specialized in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. He was director of the Harriman Institute from 1986 to 1992. Prior to coming to Columbia in 1984, he served for six years as Senior Fellow and Director of the Soviet Studies Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. His interests include the foreign policies of Russia, Ukraine, and the other new states of the former Soviet Union, U.S. relations with the post-Soviet states, and the impact of the post-Soviet region on the international politics of Asia and Europe. His most recent book is Return to Cold War (Polity, 2016).

Maria Snegovaya is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at Virginia Tech University and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Illiberalism Studies Program at George Washington University. She is also a member of PONARS Eurasia, a George Washington University-based network of academics advancing new approaches to research on politics and society in Russia and Eastern Europe. Snegovaya’s research interests include party politics, political behavior and political economy. She explores the ongoing democratic backsliding and re-autocratization in Eastern Europe and the tactics used by Russian actors and proxies who circulate disinformation to exploit these dynamics in the region. She also studies Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. Snegovaya’s work has been published in numerous political science and policy journals, including West European PoliticsParty PoliticsPost-Soviet AffairsJournal of DemocracyDemocratization, and the Washington Post‘s political science blog the Monkey Cage. Her research has been referenced in publications such as the New York TimesBloomberg, the Economist, and Foreign Policy. Throughout her career Snegovaya has collaborated with multiple US research centers and think tanks to develop policy recommendations designed to address the challenges of democratic backsliding. These include the Brookings Institution, the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Freedom House, among others.


November 29, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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