Can you remember a time when a foreign leader was talked about as frequently as Vladimir Putin has been during election 2016? Kennan Institute Director, Matt Rojansky says that you’d have to go back to the Cold War to find anything close. With Russia and Putin casting long shadows over the presidential race, we asked Matt to provide analysis of implications for US-Russia relations and to offer advice to the next president on the best way to address the challenges presented by Russia. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Matthew Rojansky is an expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.  He has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region. He is Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. Previously he served as Deputy Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as Executive Director of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA). Rojansky is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and serves as U.S. Executive Secretary for the Dartmouth Conference, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960. He has lectured at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Russia and Europe and is frequently interviewed on TV and radio. His writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.