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


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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Catriona Kelly approaches “period zapoya” through cinema

On May 13, 2016, the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and the Tisch School of the Arts welcomed Catriona Kelly for the last colloquium of the Spring 2016 semester, entitled “Period zapoya: Alcohol and Cinema during the Brezhnev Era.” Kelly, who is a Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy, was introduced by Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. The former president of Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and a prolific writer, Kelly spoke briefly about her ongoing project – a book on the Soviet cine underground, a history of film in Leningrad during the post-Stalin era.

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Panel on Russian-Ukrainian conflict urges constructive dialogue and a global perspective

On May 4, 2016, the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and the NYU Russian Club held a panel discussion entitled “Beyond Political Games,” dedicated to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict from the historic and cultural point of view. Panelists included Yanni Kotsonis, Director of the Jordan Center, Lucan Way, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and Peter Zalmayev, Director of the Eurasia Democracy Initiative. The panel was introduced by Rossen Djagalov, Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at NYU. “In my experience, [this is a topic] that doesn’t really encourage meaningful dialogue for the most part, which is precisely why it’s important,” Djagalov said.

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