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Andrey Zagorsky

Director of IMEMO RAS Department of Disarmament and Conflict Resolution, RIAC Member.

Samuel Charap

Senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation

James Dobbins

Ambassador, Senior fellow and distinguished chair in Diplomacy and Security at the RAND Corporation

Rachel Ellehuus

Deputy director and senior fellow with the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Andrey Kortunov

Ph.D. in History, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, RIAC member

Ivan Timofeev

PhD in Political Science, RIAC Director of Programs, RIAC Member, Head of "Contemporary State" program at Valdai Discussion Club

Despite the difficult relationship between the United States and Russia, both countries have an interest in preventing the outbreak of new conflicts in Europe and in ameliorating the risks from existing conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, and Afghanistan. Addressing these challenges in a constructive way will require a degree of cooperation between Washington and Moscow. Yet the political realities in both countries and the wider context of U.S.-Russian confrontation make such cooperation difficult. Can the United States and Russia overcome their differences to adopt collaborative approaches to shared security challenges? How can they navigate the tricky politics of U.S.-Russia relations?

To answer these questions, the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) has brought together a distinguished group of U.S. and Russian experts to address prospects for cooperation in three areas that play an outsized role in U.S.-Russia relations: European security, the conflict in Ukraine, and the Middle East. Each paper in this series is co-authored by an American and a Russian expert. We asked each author pair to think creatively about ways in which Washington and Moscow could work together to address the risks that each issue poses to regional stability and to U.S.-Russian relations. The papers are designed to be forward-looking and practical. They reflect the shared views of the respective author pairs, all of whom have experience advising the governments of their respective countries.

These papers grew out of a joint CSIS-RIAC workshop hosted in Washington in October 2018 as part of an ongoing CSIS-RIAC Track 2 dialogue funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Authors were asked to work together to devise recommendations that could be adopted by both the U.S. and Russian governments to address what participants identified as the key challenges in the U.S.-Russia relationship. In addition to the topics covered in the three papers below, we attempted to produce a joint paper on the conflict in Syria. While our author pair found significant areas of agreement, the White House’s announcement—since qualified—that the United States would withdraw its forces from Syria led our authors to conclude that they could not develop recommendations in such an uncertain environment. The remaining papers aim at providing recommendations that meet the interests of both Washington and Moscow while remaining cognizant that political winds in both countries are subject to shifts.

Despite the difficult relationship between the United States and Russia, both countries have an interest in preventing the outbreak of new conflicts in Europe and in ameliorating the risks from existing conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, and Afghanistan. Addressing these challenges in a constructive way will require a degree of cooperation between Washington and Moscow. Yet the political realities in both countries and the wider context of U.S.-Russian confrontation make such cooperation difficult. Can the United States and Russia overcome their differences to adopt collaborative approaches to shared security challenges? How can they navigate the tricky politics of U.S.-Russia relations?

To answer these questions, the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) has brought together a distinguished group of U.S. and Russian experts to address prospects for cooperation in three areas that play an outsized role in U.S.-Russia relations: European security, the conflict in Ukraine, and the Middle East. Each paper in this series is co-authored by an American and a Russian expert. We asked each author pair to think creatively about ways in which Washington and Moscow could work together to address the risks that each issue poses to regional stability and to U.S.-Russian relations. The papers are designed to be forward-looking and practical. They reflect the shared views of the respective author pairs, all of whom have experience advising the governments of their respective countries.

These papers grew out of a joint CSIS-RIAC workshop hosted in Washington in October 2018 as part of an ongoing CSIS-RIAC Track 2 dialogue funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Authors were asked to work together to devise recommendations that could be adopted by both the U.S. and Russian governments to address what participants identified as the key challenges in the U.S.-Russia relationship. In addition to the topics covered in the three papers below, we attempted to produce a joint paper on the conflict in Syria. While our author pair found significant areas of agreement, the White House’s announcement—since qualified—that the United States would withdraw its forces from Syria led our authors to conclude that they could not develop recommendations in such an uncertain environment. The remaining papers aim at providing recommendations that meet the interests of both Washington and Moscow while remaining cognizant that political winds in both countries are subject to shifts.

This report is produced by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a private, taxexempt institution focusing on international public policy issues.

U.S.-Russia Engagement on the Ukraine Crisis by Samuel Charap & Andrey Kortunov

The United States and Russia in the Greater Middle East by James Dobbins & Ivan Timofeev

Restoring the European Security Order by Rachel Ellehuus & Andrei Zagorskiv


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