Explaining Russia’s Contradictory Policies toward the U.S.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
Florence Hall, Room 304, SMU Dedman School of Law (map)

While it is common to describe Russian President Putin as a master of realpolitik, in fact Russia’s recent policies toward the US have been contradictory and perplexing. The Kremlin cleverly targeted key pockets of US public opinion in its 2016 political advertising campaign, yet it appears to have completely underestimated the role of Congress in imposing new sanctions. And we now know Moscow proposed a secret and wholesale “reset” of its relations with the US this past spring, even as it threatened core US security interests around the world, seemingly not realizing that the administration of US President Trump could not and would not ignore these challenges.

What explains Russia’s schizophrenic policies toward the US in 2016 and 2017? Kimberly Marten will propose four possible answers, and explain what this means for the future of the US-Russian relationship.

Prepare for the program and read Marten’s article published today on New Republic.

Kimberly Marten SMUKimberly Marten is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia’s Harriman Institute. In March 2017 the Council on Foreign Relations published her special report, Reducing Tensions between Russia and NATO. She has written four books, most recently Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States (Cornell, 2012). Her first book, Engaging the Enemy: Organization Theory and Soviet Military Innovation (Princeton, 1993) won the Marshall Shulman Prize. She has written many academic journal articles and book chapters, and her recent policy articles have appeared in Fortune, The Washington Quarterly, ForeignAffairs.com, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, and the Huffington Post. She is a frequent media commentator, and appeared on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard and Ph.D. at Stanford. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

This program was made possible by a generous donation from the Stephenson Foundation

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.


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