Timothy Frye on NY1 Discussing Firing of James Comey
Timothy M. Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, Chair of Columbia's Department of Political Science, and former Director of the Harriman Institute, discusses on NY1 the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to the White House.
Mark Andryczyk Interviewed About His Book, The Intellectual Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction
Anna Frajlich to Receive Wybitny Polak Award in Recognition of Her Contributions to Polish Culture
It has been announced that Anna Frajlich (Senior Lecturer Emerita, Slavic Languages) has been named the recipient of the Wybitny Polak (Distinguished Pole) award in recognition of her many contributions to Polish culture. She will be presented a statuette at a ceremony to be hosted by the Consul General at the Consulate General of Poland in New York, on May 10, 2017, Poland's Constitution Day.
The Harriman Institute Launches Expert Opinions, a New Podcast on EurasiaNet
In the inaugural episode, Masha Udensiva-Brenner sits down with three experts and a novelist to discuss the public protests that erupted all over Russia in late March, the aftermath, and the evolving state of U.S.-Russia relations.
Maria Snegovaya, a doctoral candidate in Columbia’s Department of Political Science and a columnist for the Russian business daily Vedomosti, is a frequent political commentator on TV and radio, and a contributor to media outlets such as the New Republic and the Washington Post.
Yana Gorokhovskaia is a postdoctoral research scholar in Russian Politics at the Harriman Institute. Her scholarship has appeared in Post-Soviet Affairs, among others. She recently published a piece on the Russian protests at IPI’s Global Observatory.
Maria Lipman, a Russian political analyst and commentator, currently Visiting Distinguished Fellow of Russian Studies at Indiana University, is the founding editor of the Counterpoint journal published by the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (George Washington University). She was the editor-in-chief of the Pro et Contra journal published by the Carnegie Moscow Center, and an expert of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, and the New Yorker, among others.
Sana Krasikov is the award-winning author of the novel The Patriots (2017) and the short story collection One More Year (2008). In April 2017, she was one of the twenty-one U.S. novelists included in Granta’s decennial Best of Young American Novelists list.
*Photograph by Evgeny Feldman, “This is Navalny” Project
Stephen Sestanovich on "The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump's Foreign Policy" in The Atlantic
Stephen Sestanovich, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy, writes on "The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump's Foreign Policy" in the May 2017 issue of The Atlantic. According to Sestanovich, every 20 years or so the U.S. "debates whether to do more or less abroad. Trump won by promising both. But he can't possible deliver."
Rebecca Kobrin, "How Will the White House Remember the Holocaust?"
Rebecca Kobrin, Russell and Bettina Knapp Assistant Professor of American Jewish History, contributed an opinion piece to CNN (April 23, 2017), titled "How Will the White House Remember the Holocaust?":
Mark Mazower Reviews Books on War and Peace for Financial Times
From the review's opening paragraph:
"This turbulent international scene of ours is starting to resemble one we thought we’d left behind a long time ago. President Donald Trump once professed to be against foreign entanglements. Now he fires Tomahawks into Syria and sends an aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula. In the South China Sea the arms race is accelerating. The air is thick with jets over the east Aegean. With American hegemony challenged by the rise of China, some talk about a return to the late 19th century. We know where that world of jostling great powers ended up: it is not surprising if people have war on their minds."
Kimberly Marten Interviewed on Charlie Rose This Week about U.S.-Russia Relations
Kimberly Marten (Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, and Director of the Harriman Institute's Program on U.S.-Russia Relations) appeared on Charlie Rose This Week (April 14, 2017) to talk about the current state of U.S.-Russia Relations following Rex Tillerson's visit to Russia and his meetings with Sergey Lavrov and Vladimir Putin.
You can find the interview here. Marten's interview with Rose begins at 10.28.
Timothy Frye Interviewed on CNBC about Tillerson's Meeting with Putin
"Into the Unknown: U.S.-Russia Relations Unhinged" by Robert Legvold
In his thoughtful essay "Into the Unknown: U.S.-Russian Relations Unhinged" (Valdai Paper #64), Robert Legvold (Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus, Columbia University, and Director of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative) explores the Trump administrations's policy on Russia.
From the opening:
"If the larger picture defies prediction, the immediate future is scarcely more transparent. In the U.S. case, the known unknowns are numerous. They begin with the question of how much deck furniture Trump is willing to overturn in order to pursue an “America First” strategy. More fundamentally, how likely is it that he really means to abandon a leadership role for the United States in global politics and substitute a stark realpolitik approach to foreign policy issues? Already in the fourth week after a tumultuous first three weeks in office, he and his team had retreated on their more extreme positions: on a “One China” policy in a renewed pledge to Xi Jinping; on the Iran nuclear agreement in a pledge to Federica Mogherini; and on the U.S. mutual defense pact with Japan in a pledge to Shinzō Abe. Toward Russia the language quickly hardened in the speeches of senior foreign and defense policy officials. Thus, early signs suggested that the radical departure implied by the President’s pre- and post-election comments would melt away once harsh reality and difficult choices set in. But who could say for sure?"
The essay is available in English and Russian translation here.