Friendly Foes: US/Russia Relations in the Trump Era

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Trump Putin at Helsinki

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S354

Donald Trump's election to the US presidency in 2016 initially seemed like it might herald improved relations between Moscow and Washington, DC. But almost two years later the relationship between the US and Russia is deeply strained (even through Presidents Trump and Putin seem to get on well). Hacking, election meddling, sanctions, the closing of Embassies by both sides dominate the narrative, hearkening back to the Cold War. This workshop will allow teachers at the middle, high school and community college level to consider the current state of US-Russia relations while also considering the history and the legacy of the Cold War. Is this Cold War 2.0? Is it useful to compare the historical relationship between the US and the Soviet Union to the current US/Russian relationship? Is there something about the digital age, and its impact on the ways and the pace that people and governments interact, that make this comparison more or less useful? 

Join us for this full day workshop to engage in these questions and more. Breakfast and lunch will be served. 


Chris Miller, Assistant Professor of International History, Tufts University

Nadiya Kostyuk, Doctoral Candidate, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan; Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Cyber Security Project, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Registration is required. To register, please complete this form. The cost of participation is $25/person, which should be paid by check. Checks should be made out to "President and Fellows of Harvard College" and can be sent by mail to the following address:

Cris Martin

c/o Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

1730 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.