Not One Inch: America, Russia and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate

November 8, 2021, 4:00-5:30pm

Join the Wilson Center for a discussion of M.E. Sarotte's new book "Not One Inch: America, Russia and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate," which outlines how NATO expansion transformed the era between the Cold War and COVID.

Based on secret records of White House-Kremlin contacts, "Not One Inch" shows how, in the 1990s, the United States overcame Russian resistance to expand NATO, ultimately bringing the alliance to a billion people. But it also reveals how Washington’s hardball tactics, combined with Moscow’s self-inflicted wounds, undermined a potentially lasting partnership during decade culminating in Vladimir Putin’s rise to power.  On the 30th anniversary of Soviet collapse, Sarotte shows how NATO expansion transformed the era between the Cold War and COVID. 


M.E. Sarotte, Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Christian F. Ostermann, Director, History and Public Policy Program, Cold War International History Project, North Korea Documentation Project, Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, Wilson Center

Eric Arnesen, Former Fellow, Wilson Center; Professor of History, The George Washington University; Director, National History Center of the American Historical Association

Sherhii Plokhii, Former Short Term Scholar, Wilson Center; Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University

Heidi Tworek, Associate Professor of History and Public Policy, University of British Columbia