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US-Russia Relations after the US Elections: What Can We Expect?

This event was held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live. 

Join us for a meeting of the New York-Russia Public Policy Forum, co-hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, the New York University Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, and PONARS-Eurasia.

In the wake of the US presidential election please join us for a discussion involving academic and policy perspectives from the US Russia and Europe on the future of the bilateral relationship. Is the US election a genuine potential turning point and what priority will the upcoming administration give to relations with Russia? If relations cannot be fully “reset” then how can they best be managed and what are the main interests of both sides? What are the enduring mutual (mis)perceptions and frames that limit the ability to conduct dialogue and nurture mutual resentment? Is the bilateral relationship still important to the changing international world order or has it been bypassed by other forms of great power competition and transnational dynamics?


Samuel Greene reader in Russian politics and Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London

Andrey Kortunov Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)

Nicu Popescu Director of the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations

Maria Snegovaya Visiting Scholar at George Washington University; postdoctoral scholar at the PPE program at Virginia Tech

Victoria Zhuravleva head of the Center for North American Studies at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO)

Moderated by:

Alexander Cooley Director of the Harriman Institute Columbia University

Joshua Tucker Director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia New York University

Marlene Laruelle Director Institute for European Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES); Co-Director PONARS-Eurasia; Director Central Asia Program George Washington University


Samuel Greene is reader in Russian politics and Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London. Prior to moving to London in 2012 to join King’s he lived and worked in Moscow for 13 years most recently as director of the Centre for the Study of New Media & Society at the New Economic School and as deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. He holds a PhD in political sociology from the London School of Economics & Political Science. His most recent book co-authored with Graeme Robertson is Putin v the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia published in 2019 by Yale University Press.

Andrey Kortunov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1979 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1982. He holds a PhD in History. Dr Kortunov completed internships at the Soviet embassies in London and Washington and at the Permanent Delegation of the USSR to the UN. In 1982–1995 Dr Kortunov held various positions in the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies including Deputy Director. He taught at universities around the world including the University of California Berkeley. In addition he led several public organizations involved in higher education social sciences and social development. Since 2011 Andrey Kortunov has been the Director General of RIAC. He is a member of expert and supervisory committees and boards of trustees of several Russian and international organizations. His academic interests include contemporary international relations and Russian foreign policy.

Nicu Popescu is the director of the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations and he works from ECFR’s Paris office. His topics of focus include EU’s relations with Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries. In 2019 Popescu served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova. Previously he worked as a senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies (2013-2018); senior advisor on foreign policy to the prime minister of Moldova (2010 2012-2013); senior research fellow at ECFR’s London office (2007-2009 2011-2012) and as a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels (2005-2007). Popescu teaches at Sciences-Po Paris. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Central European University in Budapest Hungary.

Maria Snegovaya (Ph.D. Columbia University) is a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University and a postdoctoral scholar at the PPE program at Virginia Tech. She is a comparative politics international relations and statistical methods specialist. The key focus of her research is democratic backsliding in Eastern Europe as well as Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. Her research results and analysis have appeared in policy and peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Democracy Democratization and Post-Soviet Affairs. Her research has been referenced in publications such as the New York Times Bloomberg the Economist and Foreign Policy. She is frequently invited to give talks at U.S. universities and think tanks.

Victoria Zhuravleva is the head of the Center for North American Studies at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) in Moscow Russia. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institute of USA and Canadian Studies at the Russian Academy for Sciences and her research focuses on the US political system Russian-American relations ideologies political cultures and global leadership.


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