Analyzing Russia and the Changing Ideas Industry: Addressing the Decline of Regional Expertise in Academic and the Policy World



Featuring: Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Discussants: Alexandra Vacroux (Executive Director, Davis Center, Harvard University), Stephen Sestanovich (Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Diplomacy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations)

In this panel we will explore how the current crisis in US-Russia relations has further magnified the shortage of US-based regional expertise.

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Russia and the 2016 US Presidential Election: What Happened, What do We Know, and What are We Going to Find Out?



Featuring:

Timothy Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, Research Director for the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics, Editor of Post-Soviet Affairs
Seva Gunitsky, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
Julia Ioffe, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Andrei Soldatov, Russian investigative journalist, Co-founder and Editor of Agentura.ru
Joshua A. Tucker, Professor of Politics, affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University, Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, Co-Founder and Co-Directors of NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory

Perhaps no single event in recent memory has had such an effect on – and continues to have the potential to affect – US-Russian relations then the ongoing allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 United States Presidential Elections.

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Back to the Future in Afghanistan? Prospects for U.S. – Russia Cooperation in a Time of Regional Uncertainty



Featuring:

Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University
Ekaterina Stepanova, Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Unit, National Research Institute of the World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Editor-in-Chief of “Pathways to Peace and Security”
Dipali Mukhopadyay, Professor of International Security, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Faculty Affiliate at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

The Trump Administration’s announcement that it would increase the US troop presence in Afghanistan signals a new force-based approach to solving the conflict. How are Washington and Moscow approaching the promotion of peace and stability in the region and what are their underlying assumptions and constraints?

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Kompromat: What it is, and what it means for US-Russia relations



Featuring:

Keith Darden, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University
Miriam Elder, World Editor, BuzzFeed News
Katy E. Pearce, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Washington

Our panelists will address the history of Kompromat in both the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet successor states, the role it is currently playing in Russian politics, the ways in which in technological changes have impacted Kompromat, as well as the the potential effects of Kompromat on US-Russian relations.

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NYC Russia Public Policy Series: The Reset Trap? Reconfiguring U.S.-Russia Relations in a Time of International Uncertainty



Featuring:

Stephen Kotkin, Professor in History and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, History Department, Princeton University
Daniel Nexon, Associate Professor, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Yuval Weber, Assistant Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics in the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Our speakers will address the issue of why reconfiguring US-Russia relations has proven so difficult and why efforts to improve U.S.-Russia relations in the past, including the “Reset” under the Obama administration, have unravelled.

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