On March 13, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies; professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University; and nonresident senior fellow at Brookings, for a discussion inspired by her new book “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest.” In this follow-up to “The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century” (2014), Stent examines present-day Russian motives on the world stage.
Stent offered remarks on Russia’s foreign policy under President Vladimir Putin and its ramifications for the United States, Europe, and the world. She then was joined by Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Brookings’s Center on the United States and Europe, and Keir Giles, senior consulting fellow in Chatham House’s Russia and Eurasia Programme and the author of “Moscow Rules: What Drives Russia to Confront the West” (Brookings Institution Press, 2019), for a discussion moderated by Strobe Talbott, distinguished fellow in residence at the Brookings Institution.
This discussion is part of the Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative, which aims to build up and expand resilient networks and trans-Atlantic activities to analyze and work on issues concerning trans-Atlantic relations and social cohesion in Europe and the United States.
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