Russian Ambitions to Be Topic at RAND Policy Forum

What

Russia's interventions in Ukraine and Syria raise serious concerns about Moscow's regional and global ambitions. Both moves have won public support in Russia for President Vladimir Putin, but they also risk becoming quagmires or stretching resources at a time of Russian economic setbacks. Thus far, the United States and Europe are aligned in their dealings with Russia, but ultimate goals and how they will be achieved remain uncertain. Will the West accept new “frozen conflicts” in Ukraine, and ease some sanctions? Can the West work with Russia to foster a transition in Syria to more stable, broad-based political arrangements?

Who

William Courtney, adjunct senior fellow at RAND and former U.S. ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan

When

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.
Registration will begin at 6 p.m.

Where

RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90407

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