Thinking About a Future Russia Policy: Presidential Politics, Challenges And Issues

Nov. 12, 2019, 6:00pm (registration required)
Davis Auditorium, Shapiro Center/CEPSR 4th floor, 530 W. 120th St., New York, NY

Join Columbia's Harriman Institute for the first meeting of the 2019-2020 New York Russia Public Policy Seminar, a forum co-hosted by the Harriman Institute and New York University's Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia. The seminar will examine how U.S. foreign policy towards Russia is likely to be approached by a future Democratic administration. The Trump administration has pursued a number of policies that have directly involved or had ramifications for U.S. relations with Russia, including U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty, withdrawal from Syria, Ukrainian military sales and alleged political interference, as well as further expanding the sanctions regime against Russia. Our panel will include current policy advisers to leading Democratic Primary candidates, as well as former political appointees with extensive experience with Russian relations.

The panelists will consider a number of questions, including:

- What are the U.S.'s core national interests in its relations with Russia and what should the orienting principles of future U.S. policy be?

- What issues should a new administration prioritize in its engagement with Russia and what types of processes should undergird them?

- In light of Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential campaign and the DOJ's criminal investigation, what lessons should a future Democratic administration draw about the issue of domestic political interference?

Registration is required and can be found at this link


Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign

Carmel Martin, national policy director for the Beto O'Rourke 2020 presidential campaign

Celeste Wallander, adviser on foreign policy for the Pete Buttigieg campaign; former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia/Eurasia; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia

Peter Clement, senior fellow, Harriman Institute; senior research scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; adjunct professor of international and public affairs, Columbia University

Alexander Cooley (moderator), director, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Joshua Tucker, director, New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia