Past eventInvitation Only

Repairing US-Russia Relations: A Long Road Ahead

2 June 2009 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Eugene Rumer, National Defense University
Dr Angela Stent, Georgetown University



2008 represented the lowest point for Russia's relations with the US in the post-Cold War period. Whilst is imperative for the US to re-evaluate its policy towards Russia, the West cannot and should not hope for a tabula rasa. 'Resetting' relations might not achieve greater cooperation unless there is understanding of the Kremlin's ideological and psychological hardwiring. Will the West be able to draw a line under recent disputes if the policy thinking which provoked them continues to direct Russian foreign policy? Should the US launch a new relationship with Russia before it has defined what it wishes to achieve, and how?

Two leading US experts will present the findings of their report on the future of the US-Russia relationship. The report can be read on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences website.

Dr Eugene Rumer is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University. Previously, he served at the State Department, on the staff of the National Security Council, and at the Rand Corporation.

Dr Angela Stent is Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She previously worked on the region at the National Intelligence Council and US State Department.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.