Date(s) - 05/22/18
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow—Foreign Policy Program, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution; Strobe Talbott, Distinguished Visitor, Buffett Institute for Global Studies; Distinguished Fellow in Residence, Brookings Institution. Moderated by Jordan Gans-Morse, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Northwestern University .
According to a recent Council survey, 46 percent of Russians and 62 percent of Americans thought the US leadership change would herald an era of warmth, camaraderie, and collaboration. Though the new administration is now well-into its second year, the relationship has barely shifted towards lukewarm. Both countries’ national security documents continue listing the other as an enemy, and government officials on each side diagnose the state of affairs an “all-time low” since the Cold War. With renewed sanctions and collusion-related indictments dominating the news cycle, what lies in store for the future of the Trump-Putin relationship? While wrought in opposition and disagreement, what can history teach us about the necessity of cooperation and mutual understanding between the two nations?
President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97. Ambassador Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books and is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world’s leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio. He was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Northwestern University
Jordan Gans-Morse conducts research on corruption, the rule of law, property rights, and political and economic transitions. Although his primary regional expertise is the former Soviet Union, he also has conducted research on Central-Eastern Europe and Latin America. He is the author of Property Rights in Post-Soviet Russia: Violence, Corruption, and Demand for Law. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty, Gans-Morse served a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, received two US State Department fellowships to Moscow, and worked as a resident director for the American Councils for International Education’s student exchange program in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the 2016-2017 academic year, Gans-Morse served as a Fulbright Scholar teaching and conducting research in Ukraine. Gans-Morse holds a PhD from UC Berkeley.