10:00 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT

Past Event

Toward a ‘Reaganov’ Russia: Assessing trends in Russian national security policy after Putin

Monday, October 05, 2015

10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

Brookings Institution
Saul/Zilkha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

During their recent speeches before the United Nations General Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama traded strong words on issues from Ukraine to arms control to Syria. The exchange between the two presidents unfolded as questions about Russia’s long-term foreign policy ambitions and grand strategy return to the forefront of policy debate. To better understand what lies ahead in Russian foreign and security policy, analysts must explore variances between Russian strategic culture and the agenda put forward by President Putin. Disentangling these differences will be crucial for U.S. policy planning of the future.

On October 5, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted an event examining where Russian national security policy has been and where it might be going. Brookings Senior Fellow Clifford Gaddy joined Michael O’Hanlon, author of “The Future of Land Warfare,” to discuss their research on the issue, focusing on five possible paradigms for the future of Russian grand strategy. Former ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer, presently the director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at Brookings, also participated in the panel.

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Toward a ‘Reaganov’ Russia: Assessing trends in Russian national security policy after Putin