Angela Stent

Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University

US-Russia Relations: Is This Cold War 2.0?

About the Speaker

US-Russian relations have spiraled down to  their lowest point since before Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985. The Ukraine crisis and Moscow's violations of post cold war agreements that were signed by Russia and the West in the 1990s have raised serious questions about the scope of the Kremlin's revisionist aims and about the future stability and security of Europe. How did we arrive at this dangerous moment? What are the possible outlines of a resolution of the war in Ukraine? What would a more effective US policy toward Russia look like? And, if this will indeed be a long-term crisis, how do we prepare for what could be a twenty-first century cold war?

Angela Stent is Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the Brookings Institution and co-chairs its Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. From 2004-2006 she served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. From 1999 to 2001, she served in the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State.

Stent’s academic work focuses on the triangular political and economic relationship between the United Sates, Russia and Europe. Her publications include: Russia and Germany Reborn: Unification, The Soviet Collapse and The New Europe (Princeton University Pres, 1999); From Embargo to Ostpolitik: The Political Economy of West German-Soviet Relations, 1955-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 1981); “Repairing US-Russian Relations: A Long Road Ahead” (2009) “Restoration and Revolution in Putin’s Foreign Policy,” (2008), “An Energy Superpower? Russia and Europe” (2008) and “Reluctant Europeans: Three Centuries of Russian Ambivalence Toward the West,” (2007). Her latest book is The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, 2014)

She has been a member of the advisory panel for NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a contributing editor to Survival and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cold War Studies, World Policy Journal and Internationale Politik. She has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Russia and Central Asia. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Eurasia Foundation and of Supporters of Civil Society in Russia. Dr. Stent received her B.A. from Cambridge University, her MSc. with distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her M.A. and PhD. from Harvard University.