Jun
8
Tue
Prospects for a Russia-China Alliance: Moscow’s Calculus @ Zoom
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our June 8, 2021, presentation, part of our 2020-2021 speaker series.

Presenter: David Abramson, Bureau of Research & Intelligence, US State Department

Topic: “Prospects for a Russia-China Alliance: Moscow’s Calculus”

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping have flirted with and talked around the prospect of a Sino-Russian alliance, but the truth is both sides are reluctant to commit to alliances in general because of the various restraints they impose on members. Uncertainties about future U.S. foreign policy and shifts in the world order heighten those uncertainties. Dr. David Abramson will discuss these issues from Moscow’s perspective and assess the chances that its increasingly warm and reciprocated public rhetoric about their “comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination” is leading towards a formal alliance.

When: Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – presentation followed by a Q&A with the speaker

Where: Virtually! We will be using Zoom meetings. Registration required for guests. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation.

Cost: Free for members (renew or join today!). $20 per presentation for guests.

About David Abramson:

Dr. David Abramson is senior analyst covering Russia’s relations with Asia for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He previously worked for many years as a Central Asia analyst, focusing primarily on domestic and regional politics and Islamic trends in Eurasia. During 2001-2005, Dr. Abramson spent four years in the Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, monitoring and promoting religious freedom as an element of U.S. foreign policy, advising on outreach to the Muslim world, and engaging with Muslim-American communities.

Dr. Abramson has taught at Georgetown and George Washington universities and published on Islam, foreign assistance in Central Asia, and anthropologists working in national security. His most recent publication is a chapter on Islam and state policies in Uzbekistan in “Islam, Society, and Politics in Central Asia.”  Raised in Storrs, CT, he later earned his B.A. in Russian language and literature at Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Indiana University. He grew up in Storrs, CT.

Jun
16
Wed
The West and Russia Since the End of the Cold War @ Zoom
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us June 16 for “The West and Russia Since the End of the Cold War”, part of our 2020-2021 speaker series.

Presenter: Fiona Hill, Brookings Institution

Topic: “The West and Russia Since the End of the Cold War”

When: Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 6:00 p.m. – presentation followed by a Q&A with the speaker

Where: Virtually! We will be using Zoom meetings. Registration required by guests. The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation.

Cost: Free for members (renew or join today!). $20 per presentation for guests.

About Fiona Hill:

Fiona Hill is the Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. She recently served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is co-author of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015).

Prior to joining Brookings, Hill was director of strategic planning at The Eurasia Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1999, she held a number of positions directing technical assistance and research projects at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, including associate director of the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, director of the Project on Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union, and coordinator of the Trilateral Study on Japanese-Russian-U.S. Relations.

Hill has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. Her book with Brookings Senior Fellow Clifford Gaddy,“The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold,” was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2003, and her monograph, “Energy Empire: Oil, Gas and Russia’s Revival,” was published by the London Foreign Policy Centre in 2004. The first edition of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2013, also with Clifford Gaddy.

Hill holds a master’s in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history from Harvard University where she was a Frank Knox Fellow. She also holds a master’s in Russian and modern history from St. Andrews University in Scotland, and has pursued studies at Moscow’s Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages. Hill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.