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The National Conversation: Putin's Return & The U.S.-Russian Reset

May 23, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
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On May 7, Vladimir Putin began his third term as president of the Russian Federation. With the Russian political season over, and the American political season heating up, what are the implications of political transition for the important issues in the U.S.-Russian bilateral relationship?

This event featured a keynote address by former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was joined by a panel featuring David Kramer, President of Freedom House; Nina Khrushcheva, Professor, Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School; and Blair Ruble, Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute with Susan Glasser, Editor in Chief of Foreign Policy magazine (moderator) and opening remarks by Michael Van Dusen, Executive Vice President and COO, Wilson Center.

This event is part of The National Conversation series, which provides a safe political space for deep dialogue and informed discussion on the most significant problems and challenges facing the nation and the world.

Location: 
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • Former National Security adviser; Professor of American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and Counselor and Trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • President, Freedom House
  • Professor of International Affairs, New School University, New York City
  • Blair A. Ruble // Vice President for Programs; Director, Urban Sustainability Laboratory; and Senior Advisor, Kennan Institute
  • Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
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Past National Conversation Speakers:

  • Zbigniew Brzezinski
    Former National Security Adviser
  • Susan Collins (R-ME)
    United States Senator
  • Michael Chertoff
    Former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Thomas Friedman
    Columnist New York Times
  • Carlos Gutierrez
    Former Secretary of Commerce
  • Dr. Henry Kissinger
    Former Secretary of State
  • General Stanley McChrystal
    Former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan
  • Brent Scowcroft
    Former US National Security Adviser
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter
    Former Director of Policy Planning, US Department of State
  • James Zogby
    Founder and President of the Arab American Institute, Washington, D.C.

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