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Peaceful Coexistence? Russian Grand Strategy Beyond Putin

Peaceful Coexistence? Russian Grand Strategy Beyond Putin

Thursday, Apr 12, 2018   |   8:00 am - 3:45 pm   |  AT&T Conference Center Room 201

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Crimea and interference in the 2016 election, many Americans are unsure what to make of Russia’s decisions, how to understand the relationship between Russia and the West, and whether the Putin regime alone is to blame.

On April 12, the Clements Center hosted a colloquium featuring some of America’s best thinkers and policymakers working on Russia. "Peaceful Coexistence? Russian Grand Strategy beyond Putin" sought to get beyond personalities to the deeper forces shaping Russian foreign policy, exploring Russian visions of world order, enduring constraints on Russia’s choices, and historical analogies that can help us think about US-Russia relations today.


This event was co-sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Center for European Studies and the Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies.


8:00 am - Welcome

8:15 - 10:00 am - Panel 1: Russian Grand Strategy

What does Russia want the European order to look like? The world order? Is there a deeper logic in Russian activities beyond reaction to the West? 

  • Samuel Charap, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Sharyl Cross, Distinguished Professor & Director, Kozmetsky Center, St. Edward's University
  • James Goldgeier, Professor of International Relations, School of International Service, American University 
  • Moderator: Zoltan Barany, Frank C. Erwin Jr. Centennial Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin

10:15 am - 12:00 pm - Panel 2: Analogs of Grand Strategy
What can we learn from past patterns of interaction between Russia, Europe, and America, or from other revisionist/status quo conflicts, that might prove helpful? What analogies are actually unhelpful?

  • Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs, School of Foreign Service and Government Department, Georgetown University
  • Simon Miles, Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
  • Joshua Shifrinson, Assistant Professor, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University
  • Moderator: Aaron O’Connell, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin and Faculty Fellow, Clements Center for National Security

12:30 - 2:00 pm - Lunch and Keynote Address by Angela Stent, Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and Eastern European Studies, Georgetown University 
Q&A Moderated by Jon Askonas, Predoctoral Fellow, Clements Center for National Security

2:15 - 3:45 pm - Panel 3: Beyond Putin: Russian Capabilities in the Medium Term (2024-2050)
What capabilities will Russia have to bring to bear over the next twenty years? How will economic and political constraints shape the Russian political elite's choices? Should we expect change or continuity?

  • Michael Kofman, Fellow, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center and Research Scientist, CNA Corporation
  • Kiril Avromov, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Intelligence Studies Project
  • Dara Massicot, Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Moderator: Michael Mosser, Lecturer, Department of Government, the Center for European Studies, and International Relations and Global Governance, University of Texas at Austin

3:45 pm - Colloquium adjourns