Dysfunction in U.S.-Russia Relations

Dysfunction in U.S.-Russia Relations

Matthew Rojansky

Matthew Rojansky

Director at Kennan Institute
Matthew Rojansky is Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.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.

Previously, Rojansky was Deputy Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.There, he founded Carnegie's Ukraine Program, led a multi-year project to support U.S.-Russia health cooperation, and created a track-two task force to promote resolution of the Moldova-Transnistria conflict.He also served as an Embassy Policy Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, and as a Visiting Scholar in the Research Division at the NATO Defense College.

Rojansky previously served as Executive Director of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA). Founded by former congressman Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) with a group of two dozen former senior leaders from both political parties, PSA seeks to rebuild bipartisan dialogue and productive debate on U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges.While at PSA, Rojansky orchestrated high-level bipartisan initiatives aimed at repairing the U.S.-Russian relationship, strengthening the U.S. commitment to nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, and leveraging global science engagement for diplomacy.

Rojansky is 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.

Rojansky is frequently interviewed on TV and radio, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
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BY MATTHEW ROJANSKY I am an American expert on Russia.  It is my job to pay close attention to the ups and downs of the U.S.-Russia relationship, with the goal of helping U.S. policymakers, the press, and the wider public…

Putin’s and Trump’s Unhappy Reunion

Putin’s and Trump’s Unhappy Reunion

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Russian and American media covering last week’s Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam treated their respective audiences to two very different plots with barely overlapping storylines. Whereas the U.S. media focused on what President Donald Trump said about his…

Moscow and Washington: Stopping the Slide

Moscow and Washington: Stopping the Slide

Jill Dougherty

Jill Dougherty

Former Public Policy Scholar at Kennan Institute
Jill Dougherty is an expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union. In her three-decade career with CNN she served as Foreign Affairs Correspondent, based in Washington, D.C.,where she covered the State Department and provided analysis on international issues.

Dougherty previously served as U.S. Affairs Editor for CNN International; Managing Editor of CNN International Asia/Pacific, based in Hong Kong; and CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief and Correspondent.

From 1991 to 1996 she was CNN White House Correspondent, covering the presidencies of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

In 2013-14 she was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she pursued research on Russia’s mass media.

Dougherty received her B.A. degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her M.A. from Georgetown University where she researched Russia’s soft power diplomacy.
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BY JILL DOUGHERTY A question is haunting the ever-worsening relationship between Russian and the United States: how low can it go? Diplomats are waging a tit-for-tat war of retaliation, closing consulates, slashing numbers of staff, and even eliminating parking spaces…

Cooperation in Space Can Still Bridge Differences Between U.S. and Russia

Cooperation in Space Can Still Bridge Differences Between U.S. and Russia

Pavel Luzin

Pavel Luzin

Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of History and Political Science at Perm University
Pavel Luzin holds a PhD in political science. He is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of History and Political Science at Perm University. In 2013-2014 he was a at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2012-2013 he served as an expert atPIR-Center (Moscow) and assistant to editor-in-chief of Security Index Journal.
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BY PAVEL LUZIN A U.S.-Russia Partnership in Space after the International Space Station The ISS has become the longest project of international space cooperation in history. Russia, the United States, and their agency partners in Europe, Canada, and Japan took…

Moscow Ponders Trump’s Fire and Fury

Moscow Ponders Trump’s Fire and Fury

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV As North Korea’s nuclear missile program advances, U.S. foreign policy making seems to have split dramatically into two non-congruent paths. A diplomatic effort aimed at getting the reclusive state to the negotiating table is contradicted by the…

Russia’s Perspective on the Qatar-Gulf Rift

Russia’s Perspective on the Qatar-Gulf Rift

Rahim Rahimov
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Rahim Rahimov

Rahim Rahimov is an independent political analyst focusing on Russia and post-soviet space with interests in conflicts, foreign policies and economic and political integration projects. Rahim is also a contributing analyst for The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor. He holds an MA in International Relations from Hult International Business School in London, UK and a BA from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan. He speaks English, Russian, Arabic, Turkish and Azerbaijani. On Twitter as @r_rahimov.
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BY RAHIM RAHIMOV Regardless of the outcome of the Qatar–Gulf states rift, it represents a shot across Qatar’s bow. Therefore, Doha will seek to diversify its partnerships away from its traditional partners, who let Qatar down. In that context, Russia…

Why Russia and Turkey Are Drifting Closer to Each Other

Why Russia and Turkey Are Drifting Closer to Each Other

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Something big and important must be at the heart of a relationship in which both sides are able to overcome the pain they repeatedly inflict on each other. Russia and Turkey, historically adversaries and newly active allies,…

Is Peace Prevailing after Astana?

Is Peace Prevailing after Astana?

Leonid Isaev

Leonid Isaev

Senior Lecturer at Department for Political Science of the National Research University Higher School of Economics
Senior Lecturer, Department for Political Science of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Deputy Head of the Laboratory for Sociopolitical Destabilization Risks Monitoring, senior fellow at the Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies, Institute of African Studies. Member of the Scientific Council of the Russian Political Science Association (RPMA).
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BY LEONID ISAEV This piece first appeared at Intersection. The Syrian regime, along with representatives of several rebel groups, resumed negotiations over the settlement of the Syrian conflict in Kazakhstan’s capital on January 23–24, after a break of over six…

New Challenges in Euro-Atlantic Security

New Challenges in Euro-Atlantic Security

James Collins

James Collins

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program; Diplomat in Residence at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Ambassador James F. Collins is an expert on the former Soviet Union, its successor states, and the Middle East.

Ambassador Collins was the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1997 to 2001. Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment, he served as senior adviser at the public law and policy practice group Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.

Before his appointment as ambassador to Russia, he served as ambassador at large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the newly independent states in the mid-1990s and as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Moscow from 1990 to 1993. In addition to three diplomatic postings in Moscow, he also held positions at the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan, and the consulate general in Izmir, Turkey.

He is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service; the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award; the Secretary of State’s Award for Career Achievement; the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service; and the NASA Medal for Distinguished Service.

Ambassador Collins has been active on the boards of nonprofit organizations concerned with U.S. foreign policy and U.S. relations with Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. He has served as a member of the board of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Open World Leadership Center, and American Councils for International Education. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Civilian Research and Development Foundation and the Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow.

Before joining the State Department, Ambassador Collins taught Russian and European history, American government, and economics at the U.S. Naval Academy.
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BY JAMES COLLINS Amb. Collins delivered the following remarks at the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Awards Dinner on November 30, 2016, where he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for his contribution to public service related to U.S.-Russia relations. Thank…

Entry Is One Ruble, Exit Is Two

Entry Is One Ruble, Exit Is Two

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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The troika gathered at a polished table surrounded by the insignia of the Russian state and made their pronouncements reluctantly, as if caught in the middle of an absorbing card game. All three looked baffled at themselves during the entire 10-minute…