Don’t Call It a Cold War: Findings from the Russian-American Relations Survey

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Russian-American relations seem to be worsening with every year. After an attempted “reset” under U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev exhausted itself, a steady stream of events has kept tensions on a high burn. Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. American economic sanctions on Russia. Russian countersanctions. Accusations of Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election of Donald Trump and the theft of COVID-19 vaccine research. Spy scandals. Mass expulsions of large numbers of embassy personnel. The list goes on.

At the same time, we find considerable hope for an eventual improvement in relations coming from the U.S. and Russian populations. While neither side appears willing to give in on some of the most important flash points, we at least do detect more underlying popular willingness to seek ways to avoid conflict and improve relations than may appear to be the case if one watches the news regularly in either country.

Join Henry Hale and Olga Kamenchuk for a presentation of a survey they conducted simultaneously in both Russia and the United States in 2019 on these countries' mutual relations. 

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Speaker(s)

Henry E. Hale, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, the George Washington University
Olga Kamenchuk, Associate Research Professor, Northwestern University Institute for Policy Research; Co-Principal Investigator, Comparative National Elections Project for Russian, Ukrainian, and Serbian Electoral Studies
Moderator: Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director, Davis Center; Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

Co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations.

The Working Group is a project of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University on the U.S. side and of the National Research University—Higher School of Economics in Russia. The activities of the Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations have been made possible with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Valdai Discussion Club, and the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy.

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