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A Conversation on Evolving U.S. Policy toward Russia

Stated Meeting, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, January 28, 2010

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Speakers Robert Legvold (28 min.) is Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he specialized in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. He was Director of The Harriman Institute at Columbia University from 1986 to 1992. Prior to coming to Columbia in 1984, he served for six years as Senior Fellow and Director of the Soviet Studies Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. For most of the preceding decade, he was on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Tufts University.  Presently, he is Project Director for a large study of U.S. policy toward Russia at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. His most recent book is a collaborative volume, Russian Foreign Policy in the Twenty-first Century and the Shadow of the Past (Columbia University Press, 2007). Other recent books are, with Bruno Coppieters, Statehood and Security: Georgia after the Rose Revolution (The MIT Press, 2005), with Celeste Wallander, Swords and Sustenance: The Economics of National Security in Belarus and Ukraine (The MIT Press, 2004); and Thinking Strategically: The Major Powers, Kazakhstan and the Central Asian Nexus (The MIT Press, 2002). With Timothy Colton, he co-edited After the Soviet Union: From Empire to Nations (Norton, 1992). Legvold is a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a member of various advisory boards, including those of the of the International Forum of the U.S.-Russian Business Council, the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, the Program Board of “Centers for Advanced Study and Education” (Russia), and the Foundation for International Peace and Democracy, led by Mikhail Gorbachev.  He is a recently elected foreign member of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005 and serves on the advisory board of its Committee on International Security Studies.
Thomas Graham (19 min.) joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., as a Senior Director in 2007.  He was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia on the National Security Council Staff from March 2004-February 2007 and Director for Russian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff from June 2002-February 2004.  During his five years on the National Security Council staff, he was a key White House interlocutor with the Putin government.  From August 2001-May 2002, he served as the Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of State.  From 1998-2001, He was a senior associate in the Russia/Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  During this period, he was a frequent commentator on Russian affairs and U.S.-Russian relations.  His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, and in European and Russian publications.  From 1984-1998, he was a Foreign Service Officer.  His assignments included two tours of duty at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, where he served as head of the political/internal unit and acting political counselor.  Between tours in Moscow, he worked on Russian and Soviet affairs on the Policy Planning Staff of the Department of State and as a policy assistant in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.  He is the author of Russia’s Decline and Uncertain Recovery (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2002) and co-author of U.S.-Russian Relations at the Turn of the Century (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2000). 

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