Lecture / Reading

Russia: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Sponsored by Center for International Security and Cooperation


Wednesday, December 14, 2016
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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About the event: The state of affairs between the U.S. and Russia has worsened in recent years, due to conflicts in the Ukraine and Syria, and elsewhere. A panel of four top Russia experts will discuss the U.S.-Russia relationship at a time when it seems the bleakest since the end of the Cold War and will be  addressing the following questions 

  • Looking back: Based on your own experience, what were the greatest challenges of the post-Soviet era, 1991 to present? What were the greatest accomplishments? What were the greatest disappointments?
  • Looking ahead: What are the greatest challenges? What is America's role in that future? What parts of this experience are reusable in the event of a new crisis?

 About the panel:

  • William J. Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University. He is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution, and serves as director of the Preventive Defense Project. He is an expert in U.S. foreign policy, national security and arms control. 
  • Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Dr. McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, including as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014).
  • David Holloway is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, a professor of political science, and an FSI senior fellow. He was co-director of CISAC from 1991 to 1997, and director of FSI from 1998 to 2003. His research focuses on the international history of nuclear weapons, on science and technology in the Soviet Union.
  • Siegfried S. Hecker is a professor (research) in the Department of Management Science and Engineering and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). He was co-director of CISAC from 2007-2012. From 1986 to 1997, Dr. Hecker served as the fifth Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction, and nuclear security. Over the past 20 years, he has fostered cooperation with the Russian nuclear laboratories to secure and safeguard the vast stockpile of ex-Soviet fissile materials. This event is a celebration of the publication of his book, Doomed to Cooperate.
  • Moderating the panel is David E. Hoffman. David Hoffman is a contributing editor to The Washington Post. He joined the newspaper in 1982, and covered the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He was later diplomatic correspondent, and the newspaper’s bureau chief in Jerusalem (1992-1994) and Moscow (1995-2001.) He has authored several books, including The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy (Doubleday, 2009) which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction.

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