Aug 28

Past Event

The U.S.-Russia Relationship: What's Next?

Event Materials



  • What the U.S. Does in Syria Will Be Costly for Russia

    Clifford Gaddy: Putin’s overall plan is always to somehow protect Russia from the bad things that are happening. What the U.S. does in Syria is going to be very costly for Russia, even if it doesn't spill over.

    Clifford G. Gaddy

  • Russia Reluctant to Intervene in Syria

    Steven Pifer: When you don’t have any international allies, you are reluctant to throw Assad over. Also, from Russia’s perspective, the West has not come up with a good answer to the question of what comes after Assad.

    Steven Pifer

  • Russia Fears Increased Instability in the Middle East

    Angela Stent: Russia is very worried about Islamist governments coming to power in the Middle East, and the impact of instability in the region on the Russian Federation itself.

    Angela Stent


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On August 7, the White House announced cancellation of the planned Moscow summit in early September between Presidents Obama and Putin, saying there were no prospects for significant progress on key issues at the meeting.  The White House also said cooperation with Russia remains a priority, and on August 9 Secretaries Kerry and Hagel met with their Russian counterparts, Ministers Lavrov and Shoigu.  While President Obama intends to travel to St Petersburg for the G20 summit on September 6 and 7, there has been no word on whether there will be a bilateral meeting with President Putin on the margins of the summit.  Clearly, U.S.-Russian relations have entered troubled times.

On August 28, the Center on the United States and Europe hosted a panel discussion to address these developments and future prospects for the bilateral relationship between Washington and Moscow.  Brookings Senior Fellows Clifford Gaddy, Steven Pifer and Angela Stent will take part.  Brookings Visiting Fellow Jeremy Shapiro moderated.   Following opening comments, the panelists took questions from the audience.

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August 28, 2013

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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