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

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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.


  • Zbigniew Brzezinski

    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
  • David Kramer

    President, Freedom House
  • Nina Khrushcheva

    Professor of International Affairs, New School University, New York City
  • Blair A. Ruble

    Distinguished Fellow
    Former Wilson Center Vice President for Programs (2014-2017); Director of the Comparative Urban Studies Program/Urban Sustainability Laboratory (1992-2017); Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) and Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience (2012-2014)
  • Susan Glasser

    Chief International Affairs Columnist, POLITICO