US – Russia – Future: A Foreign Policy and Security Studies Workshop

June 12-14, 2019

Facilitators: Paul Stronski (Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) and Joe Lenkart (Slavic Reference Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Over the last eighteen years, successive US and Russian governments have attempted to forge a new path for US – Russia relations through summits, repeated attempts to “reset” buttons, and arms control negotiations. The US- Russian relationship has frequently broken down by both sides’ attempts to challenge each other’s global presence and often-incompatible visions of national interests. Trapped by fears, both real and imagined, phobias and evocative rhetoric, US – Russia relations appear locked in a perpetual state of discord. Concurrently, this contentious relationship has seeped into domestic politics, complicating the work of policy makers and diplomats in both countries.

The failure to reimagine and revitalize US – Russia relations may be exacerbating instability around the world. From the battlefields of the Syrian Civil War to buildup of military assets in the Baltic region, US-Russia relations have reshaped the trajectory of external relations of numerous state actors, including Poland, Ukraine, China, Iran, India, Turkey, and North Korea, among many others.

In June 2019, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) and the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be hosting a workshop on US – Russia – Future: A Foreign Policy and Security Studies Workshop.

We strongly encourage senior and junior scholars, policy analysts, and government employees to present their research on multi-dimensional and multifaceted US – Russia relations by addressing how this relationship will evolve in the future and what implications it will have on global affairs.

Workshop participants will have an opportunity to share work in progress, conduct research at the University of Illinois Library, build networks, and pinpoint potential collaborators. This workshop is made possible by funding from the Department of State’s Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).