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The U.S. - Russia Relationship: How Bad Can It Get?

One of Donald Trump’s few unambiguous foreign-policy commitments when he took office last year was to mend Washington’s relationship with the Russian Federation, which had been worsening for the previous half-decade. Trump’s opposite number in Moscow, Vladimir Putin, seemed eager to reciprocate. Instead of improving, however, U.S.-Russian relations have continued to deteriorate. Old notes of disagreement have been sharpened and new ones—in geo-politics, geo-economics, and geo-ideas—have emerged. What are the reasons for this downward spiral? How far will it go? Is it fair to say we are witnessing a new Cold War? What are and will be the consequences for international peace and stability? Professor Colton will address these questions with reference to the broad agenda and to specific points of conflict, including the now chronic Ukraine crisis, American and Western sanctions, Syria, Iran, arms control, energy, and dealings with China. He will also share thoughts on the domestic determinants that increasingly complicate the relationship, especially on the U.S. side, and may well be locking in its most adversarial aspects for the indefinite future.
 
Seminar Room 3-1,
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Thu 7 June 2018
05:15 PM - 06:30 PM

Prof. Timothy J. Colton

Prof. Timothy J. Colton

Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies; Faculty Associate of Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and of Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

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Prof. Kanti P. Bajpai

Prof. Kanti P. Bajpai

Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Wilmar Professor of Asian Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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