Conference - Future Scenarios for Russia and the West

Friday, November 11, 2016
8:50am - 5:15pm
601B Pulitzer Hall (Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St)

Please join the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the Primakov Institute for World Economics and International Relations (IMEMO) in Moscow for a conference on “Future Scenarios for Russia and the West.”  The conference brings together established scholars of international relations based in both the U.S. and Russia, as well as advanced Ph.D. candidates from the City of New York (CUNY) Graduate School, Harvard University, and Columbia University. Our purpose is to discuss the sources and consequences of growing confrontation between Russia and the West, as well as possible solutions going forward, and to learn from each other’s perspectives. We are particularly grateful for funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York that allows us to include promising Ph.D. students in our work with IMEMO.


PROGRAM (subject to revision)

8:50am. Welcoming Remarks.

Alexander Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute

Kimberly Marten, Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, Harriman Institute


9:00-10:30am. National Interests and Strategies

Natalia Bubnova (Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences—IMEMO RAN). “Prospects for U.S.-Russia Relations in the Security Field after the Elections.”

Rajan Menon (City College, City University of New York—CUNY; and Saltzman Institute, Columbia University). “The Ukraine War and U.S.-Russia Relations.”

Tatyana Parkhalina (Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences—INION RAN). “Russia and the West in the Context of the Ukrainian Crisis.”

Jessica Malbacher (The Graduate Center, CUNY). “Pushing the Boundaries: Russian State-led Nationalist Discourse during the Ukrainian Crisis.”

Moderator: Austin Long (Columbia University)


10:45am-12:30pm Domestic Politics and the International System

Timothy Frye (Columbia University). "Prospects for Political Change in Russia: The Long View."

Hadas Aron (Columbia University). “The Nationalist Capture - The Extreme Right in Hungary, Nationalist Framing, Violence, and State Response.”

Yuval Weber (Moscow Higher School of Economics, and Harvard University Davis Center). “Post-Soviet Lustration and Russian Hierarchy across Eurasia.”

Matthew Reichert (Harvard University). “Regimes that Flicker: International Sources of Regime Volatility in Eurasia.”

Moderator: Jack Snyder (Columbia University)




2:00-3:30pm. Institutional and Economic Issues in Eurasia.

Emily Holland (Columbia University). “Strategic Dependence: Gazprom in Europe.”

Cynthia Roberts (Hunter College, CUNY). “Are the BRICS Shirkers, or Reformers with Outside Options?”

Jack Snyder (Columbia University). “Multiple Modernities: The BRICS, the Near-BRICS, and Illiberal Modernity.”

Alexander Cooley (Barnard College). “One Belt, One Road, Many Assumptions: Thinking Critically about China’s New Regionalism.”

Moderator: Kimberly Marten (Barnard College)


3:45-5:15. Security Issues.

Austin Long (Columbia University). "Towards Strategic Stability in the 21st Century."

Victor Mizin (Moscow State Institute of Internationals Affairs, MGIMO)."Is Constructive Russian-US Dialogue on Arms Control and Security Issues Still Feasible?"

Sergey Oznobishchev (IMEMO RAN)."Russia and Europe in the New Security Dimension".

Kimberly Marten (Barnard College). “Deter but Reassure Russia: A Strategy for NATO.”

Moderator: Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute, Columbia University; Barnard College)