Program Events

Many events of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations will be recorded for later broadcast on our YouTube channel, but most will be advertised by invitation only. Our goal is to invite students, faculty, alumni and current and retired professionals from the New York City region who span a broad range of viewpoints, and who bring real added value to the discussions because of their deep interest and/or expertise in the region. If you would like to be considered for addition to our invitation list, please send your name, current affiliation or title, email and other contact information, and a brief description of your work, study, or other interest in US-Russia relations, to Program Director Kimberly Marten at


Official Inaugural Event of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations

Mark G. Pomar, founding President and CEO of the U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF). “On the Ground: NGOs and Foundations in Russia Today,” October 28, 2015


General Events

Vladimir Gel’man, professor of political science at the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) and Finland Distinguished Professor at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, discussed his book, Authoritarian Russia: Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015. September 16, 2015

Victoria Phillips, Lecturer in History at the European Institute and Associate Faculty at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, “Freedom Fighters: Martha Graham and Ronald Reagan Celebrate Berlin’s 750th Birthday, 1987, March 2, 2016


Russian Business and Finance Series

Stuart Lawson, Executive Director and Senior Adviser at Ernst & Young Moscow, “Russian Realities: Where Next?” October 8, 2015


Russian Regions Seminar Series

Tomila Lankina, Associate Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, How the Past Shapes Democracy in Russia’s Regions: The Effect of Pre-Communist Literacy and Communist Party Recruitment Patterns,” November 23, 2015

Rostislav F. Turovsky, Professor, Higher School of Economics National Research University (Moscow), Head of the Laboratory for Regional Political Studies; and Vice President of the Centre for Political Technologies, “Russian Regional Politics: Trends and Dead-Ends,” February 4, 2016

Nikolay Petrov, Professor, Higher School of Economics National Research University, Head of the Laboratory for Regional Development Assessment Methods; Head of the Center for Political-Geographic Research, “Comparing Political Regimes in Russia's Regions,”  March 31, 2016

Alexander Osipov, Senior Research Associate, European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany), Head of the Justice & Governance Cluster, “Soviet Nationalities Policy in Russia and its Western Neighbors: Life after Death,” April 5, 2016.


Student Forum

Stephen Kotkin, John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University, November 30, 2015

Ambassador Jack Matlock, “US-Russian Relations: What Went Wrong,” February 18, 2016

Alexei Bayer, financial analyst and journalist, “Russian Expansionism in the 21th Century,’ April 13, 2016