Congressional Panel Briefing - April 11, 2012

The Outlook for U.S.-Russian Relations in Putin's Third Term

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


B-340 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

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About the Program

Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin sets the stage for a challenging period in U.S.-Russian relations. Will Putin's strident anti-American rhetoric on the campaign trail translate into increased tension on major issues like missile defense, the fast-moving situation in the Middle East, and Afghanistan? How will the recent wave of political protests affect U.S.-Russian relations? What will the impact be on U.S.-Russian commercial and trade ties in light of the ongoing debate in Congress over Russia's accession to the WTO and possible revocation of the Jackson-Vanik amendment?

Featured Panelists

Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich
George R. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of International Diplomacy, SIPA/Columbia University; and former ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union, U.S. Department of State

Leon Aron
Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Edward Verona
President and CEO, U.S.-Russia Business Council

Andrew Weiss, moderator
Director, RAND Center for Russia and Eurasia

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