January 13, 2014 // 10:00am — 11:00am
What do the upcoming Sochi Games say about Russia’s prospects for stability and growth, or about the broader Caucasus region? Will Russia’s turbulent domestic politics steal center stage or remain a sideshow? Prominent experts on Russia and the region will address these questions in this Ground Truth Briefing.
January 10, 2014 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
NATO’s Strategic Concept affirms the desire to build a “true strategic partnership” between NATO and Russia. While NATO and Russia have managed to cooperate in a number of practical security areas, significant strains remain in the relationship over the European institutional security configuration, missile defense, regional conflicts, and so on.
December 09, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Since he rose to power over a decade ago, Russian President Putin has striven to reassert Russia as a great power. His recent initiative on Syria has put it back on center stage, at least in the Middle East. But Russia's slowing economic growth and a range of foreign policy challenges raise questions about its future as a great power. What does Putin's Russia need to do domestically and abroad to fulfill its great-power ambitions? And can it succeed?
December 02, 2013 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Despite months of intense wrangling between Kyiv and EU capitals, it is now highly unlikely that Ukraine will sign the EU association agreement during the November 28-29 European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. In this Ground Truth Briefing, we hear the analysis of prominent Ukrainian, Russian and German experts.
November 18, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Victoria Zhuravleva presented her studies of American perceptions of Russia as a multi-leveled phenomenon. Her work is a rich distillation of primary sources, which provides a revealing glimpse at how American views of Russia have evolved and/or remained consistent over time.
November 12, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Galina Starovoitova was a Russian politician and ethnographer known for her work to protect ethnic minorities and promote democratic reforms in Russia. Nadia Diuk discussed how Starovoitova might view Russia today, from ethnic tensions to political developments.
November 04, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
October 3, 1993, in Moscow was a beautiful autumn Sunday. It was also the day when domestic political debate collapsed into urban warfare. Confrontation over the drafting of a new constitution and a national referendum had boiled over, and tanks were out on the street in Moscow. Wayne Merry discussed his experiences as an embassy official in Moscow at the time, and the American policy response to the crisis.
October 15, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Contemporary Russia has a set of overlapping and sometimes contradictory foreign policies. Nikolas K. Gvosdev discusses the role the Russian Orthodox Church plays in Russia's foreign policy process.
October 07, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Since the Arab Spring arrived in Syria in 2011, Russia has strongly supported the Assad regime’s efforts to suppress its opponents, while the U.S. has remained relatively uninvolved. Mark N. Katz, Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, analyzed the next steps as Russia and the U.S. work to cooperate on Syria.
September 30, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Why is China, rather than Russia, emerging as a major commercial, industrial and military power on the global stage? When Mao died in 1976, Russia led China on every indicator of modernization, and many of the Chinese systems of education, science and technology, and industrial organization were copied from the USSR.