Russia and the World: A Dynamic Landscape
This conference was organized by the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, The Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and The Kennan Institute.
Four panels of academic, industry and government experts examined current developments in Russia’s strategic and economic relationships. Topics included Russia’s accession to the WTO, Russia’s growing alliances with Asia, Russia’s role in Central Asia, and the future of Russian studies.
Photo by Shealah Craighead
8:30—8:45am Registration with Coffee, Tea and Pastries
8:45—9:00am Welcoming Remarks
Reflections on Dr. Herbert J. Ellison’s accomplishments and connections between Dr. Ellison’s work and the questions addressed at conference
Reşat Kasaba, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
William Pomeranz, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
9:00—10:30am Panel 1: Russia and the West
Questions: What are the implications of Russia’s accession to the WTO for the regional economy? For the U.S. and Russian economies? For U.S. and Russian politics? What are the prospects for Russia to modernize its economy in Putin's third term and beyond?
Moderator: Lara Iglitzin, Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Matthew Edwards, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Travis Sullivan, The Boeing Company
Jill Dougherty, CNN
10:30—10:40am Coffee and Tea Announcement
10:40am—12:10pm Panel 2: Russia and the East
Questions: To what extent is Russia likely to orient itself toward East Asia in the coming years for geopolitical and economic reasons? What are the main areas for cooperation and potential conflicts between Russia and East Asia? What are the implications for the U.S. and the West? What should the U.S. response be?
Moderator: Scott Radnitz, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Don Hellmann, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Matthew Ouimet, U.S. Department of State
Andrew Kuchins, Center for Strategic & International Studies
12:10—12:20pm Luncheon Break—5th Floor Conference Room foyer
12:20—1:50pm Panel 3: Luncheon Roundtable Discussion: Russia, National Security, and the Future of Area Expertise in the U.S.
Moderator: Reşat Kasaba, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Stephen Hanson, The College of William & Mary
Sam Eisen, U.S. Department of Defense
Angela Stent, Georgetown University
1: 50—2:00pm Coffee and Tea Announcement
2:00—3:30pm Panel 4: Russia and the South
Questions: What is Russia’s future role in Central Asia? What are the implications of China’s rising economic power for regional stability? Will Russia and China try to increase their strategic influence in the region after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Moderator: William Pomeranz, Kennan Institute
Scott Radnitz, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Edward Chow, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Eugene Rumer, National Intelligence Council