'Resetting' with Moscow: Will it Work?

23 April 2009 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dimitri K Simes, President, The Nixon Center and Director of the Commission on US Policy towards Russia
Chair: James Sherr, Head, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House



The speaker will argue that there is a growing sense in the United States, both inside and outside the Obama administration, that a new beginning with Russia is in the American national interest. However, many are already sceptical that Russia will reciprocate; whilst the Medvedev-Putin leadership has quickly adopted a more positive tone toward the Obama administration it has yet to adjust its policies. Furthermore, the growing economic crisis in Russia creates a new dimension simultaneously taming Moscow's ambitions and creating temptations to look for scapegoats outside Russia.