The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations under the Trump Administration
12 PM EST
Co-Sponsored by: the Section of International Law National Security Committee, Europe Committee, China Committee, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee, International Investment & Development Committee, International Trade Committee, and NGO & Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee.
As a candidate, President Trump repeatedly made comments suggesting that he would take a different approach to dealing with Russia than his predecessor. In addition to praising President Putin, Mr. Trump suggested that he would consider recognizing Crimea as Russian territory and lifting sanctions against Russia, support Russia's involvement in Syria, and reduce U.S. support for NATO. President Putin, in turn, expressed hope to work together with Mr. Trump toward "removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state."
Although these statements raise a possibility of a rapprochement, whether and how they will translate into actual policies remains unclear. At the same time, the reports that Russia meddled in the U.S. elections to help Mr. Trump raise serious national security concerns and further questions about the future of bilateral relations.
As the new administration is taking control, our panel of distinguished policy experts will discuss what the future might hold for the U.S.-Russia relations in the areas of national security, foreign policy, and economic matters. They will also discuss how the Trump administration might respond to the continuing pressures on a civil society in Russia in light of a possible reset in the relations.
- Michael Shapiro, Bazelon Less & Feldman, P.C., Co-Chair of Russia and Eurasia Committee
- Dr. Andrew Kuchins, Senior Fellow, Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, Georgetown University
- William Burke-White, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Director of Perry World House
- Carroll Colley, Principal at Highgate Consulting LLC, former Director of Research at Eurasia Group