RAND Experts Available to Discuss Biden-Putin Summit

June 7, 2021

RAND experts are available to discuss the June 16 summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Topics likely to arise—and which the experts can address—include tensions over Ukraine, cyberattacks, regional stability issues, treatment of political opponents, and economic sanctions, as well as areas for potential cooperation such as climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Middle East.

Available experts include:

Samuel Charap

Charap is a senior political scientist specializing in U.S.-Russia relations, arms control, and the foreign policies of Russia and the former Soviet states. He also formerly served in the State Department.

Recent Media: The New York Times, Washington Post
Recent Commentary: War on The Rocks

William Courtney

Courtney is executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum, an adjunct senior fellow at RAND, and a retired U.S. Ambassador and former State Department official with expertise in international affairs and Russia.

Recent Media: VOA Russia, The Dallas Morning News, Sky News Australia
Recent commentary: The National Interest, The Hill, Los Angeles Times

Todd Helmus

Helmus is a senior behavioral scientist specializing in communications, disinformation, and terrorism. His most recent work focuses on ways to counter Russian disinformation campaigns in the United States.

Recent Media: Forbes, Reuters

Dara Massicot

Massicot is a senior policy researcher and former senior analyst for Russian military capabilities at the Department of Defense. She specializes in Russian military strategy and security issues in Russia and Eurasia.

Recent Media: The Economist, Forbes

Elina Treyger

Treyger is a political scientist and lawyer working on a range of national and homeland security issues. Her recent work has focused on foreign policy and great-power competition.

Recent media: Los Angeles Times
Recent commentary: Los Angeles Times


To arrange an interview, contact the RAND Office of Media Relations:
(703) 414-4795 or
(310) 451-6913, or
send an email to media@rand.org.

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