Trump and Russia: Challenges and Opportunities

January 13, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump and several of his nominees have signaled interest in improving relations with Russia. The U.S. intelligence community reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a campaign to influence the U.S. election in Trump's favor. Key Congressional leaders are more critical of Putin and Russian policy. How does all this complicate Trump's plans?

In this Call with the Experts, William Courtney, a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation, along with John Parachini, Director, Intelligence Policy Center, RAND Corporation, discuss the risks and opportunities that lie ahead with regards to U.S.-Russian relations. Media relations director Jeffrey Hiday moderates the call.

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