Analyzing Russia and the Changing Ideas Industry: Addressing the Decline of Regional Expertise in Academia and the Policy World

Thursday, November 30, 2017
5:00pm-7:00pm
World Room, Pulitzer Hall 3rd Floor (Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St)

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Please join the Harriman Institute and New York University's Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia for a panel discussion with Daniel Drezner (Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University) about his new book, The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2017) and how it might relate to trends in the (de)valuing of Russian-regional expertise.

For years, observers have lamented the declining role of academic expertise about Russia and Eurasia in the shaping of US public policy. But as Daniel Drezner has argued in his impactful new book The Ideas Industry, broader changes in American public lifeincluding political polarization, a distorted market of ideas and distrust in public institutionshave eroded the authority of traditional sources of foreign policy expertise. In this panel we will explore how the current crisis in US-Russia relations has further magnified the shortage of US-based regional expertise. After presenting his book, distinguished Russia experts from academia and the think tank community will discuss Drezner’s arguments and assess the future role of regional knowledge in a globalized world and rapidly changing intellectual environment.

Discussants:
Stephen Sestanovich, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Diplomacy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director, Davis Center, Harvard University

Chairs:
Alexander Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute; Joshua Tucker, Director, NYU Jordan Center

This event is part of the Columbia-NYU New York Russia Public Policy Series.

Support for this event was provided by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

 

 
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