Like many industrial countries around the world, Russia is coping with the aftermath of the global economic crisis as well as with other domestic challenges. The Russian leadership is also pursuing an active foreign policy agenda. Issues being discussed with the United States include the new START treaty, Iran, Afghanistan and missile defense.
On April 13, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) hosted President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss the Russian Federation’s approach to these critical issues. Prior to his election in 2008, President Medvedev was First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office and was the Chairman of the Board of Directors at OAO Gazprom. Mr. Medvedev received his Ph.D in law from Leningrad State University where he also holds the title of associate professor.
Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, introduced President Medvedev. After his remarks, President Medvedev took audience questions.
“The 21st century has revalued these small geographies. That’s what the 21st century demands,” Katz said, noting that these days, “[w]e aren’t innovating in isolated business parks” in the suburbs.