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March 2019 Conference: Agenda

Welcome remarks and a plenary session on the current state of Russian-American relations will be open to the public. Both major issue areas of the conference will be covered in a series of four roundtable discussions and a policy workshop open only to invited experts and students. Each session will feature presentations by Russian and American speakers, followed by discussion. To ensure interactive debate and allow sufficient time for interaction among participants, the speakers are requested to restrict their initial remarks to 7 minutes. On the agenda, the title of each session is accompanied by a tentative list of questions for discussion.

Monday, March 18

Hall 1, MGIMO University

15.00 – 15.15: Registration
15.15 – 16.00: Welcome Session

  • Moderator: Andrey Baykov – Vice-President for Graduate and International Programs, MGIMO University

  • Daniel Drezner – Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Georgy Borisenko – Director of the Department of North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation

  • Thomas Leary – Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, Embassy of the United States, Moscow

  • Leonid Drachevsky – Executive Director, Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation
  • 16.00 – 16.15: Break
    16.15 – 18.00: Plenary Session. Overcoming Roadblocks to Russia-U.S. Cooperation
    How have Russia-U.S. relations evolved over the past year? What are the consequences of the deterioration in Russia-U.S. nuclear arms control agreements, and is it reversible? What role do regional security issues – in Europe, the Middle East, the Korean Peninsula, and the post-Soviet space – play in bilateral relations? How could domestic political processes in the United States and Russia affect Russia-U.S. relations?

  • Moderator: Andrey Sushentsov – Director, Institute of International Studies, MGIMO University

  • Chris Miller – Assistant Professor of International History, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Tatyana Shakleina – Chair, Department of Applied International Political Analysis, MGIMO University

  • Daniel Drezner – Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Fyodor Voitolovsky – Director, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • William Wohlforth – Daniel Webster Professor of Government, Department of Government, Dartmouth College

  • Igor Istomin – Associate Professor, Department of Applied International Political Analysis, MGIMO University
  • Tuesday, March 19

    Hall 423, MGIMO University

    10.00 – 13.00: Policy Workshop. Climate Mitigation and Adaptation (Room 216)
    What are the major areas of disagreement and potential cooperation between the United States and Russia on climate mitigation and adaptation?

  • Co-Chair: Halla Hrund Logadottir – Co-Founder and Co-Director, Arctic Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

  • Ekaterina Bliznetskaya – Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources and Ecology Studies, MGIMO University

  • Igbal Guliev – Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Economic Activities in the Field of Energy Resources Transportation (special department of PAO Transneft), MGIMO University

  • Barbara Kates-Garnick – Professor of Practice, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Alisa Khubaeva – Senior Analyst, Center for Strategic Studies in Energy and the Digital Economy

  • Alexander Vylegzhanin – Chair, Department of International Law, MGIMO University
  • 13.00 – 14.15: Lunch break
    14.15 – 15.45: Session 1. Energy, Sustainable Development, and Law in the Arctic
    What are the key barriers to renewable energy transition and energy efficiency in the Arctic, and what are the United States and Russia doing to overcome them? Are the three pillars of sustainability – social, economic, and the environment – a guiding light in current energy development in the Arctic? What is the current balance between the universal rules of the Law of the Sea and regional as well as bilateral legal activities of the Arctic States? How can legal frameworks be strengthened to encourage sustainable development in the Arctic? What opportunities exist for knowledge sharing and collaboration on Arctic sustainability between Russia and the United States in local, regional, and national contexts?

  • Moderator: Chris Miller – Assistant Professor of International History, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Sergey Vasiliev – Principal, Odintsovo Campus, MGIMO University

  • Halla Hrund Logadottir – Co-Founder and Co-Director, Arctic Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

  • Inna Zhuravleva – Lecturer, Department of International Law, MGIMO University

  • Irina Shtodina – Senior Lecturer, Department of International Law, MGIMO University

  • Andrei Zagorski – Head of Disarmament and Conflict Resolution Studies, Primakov Institute of Word Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 15.45 – 16.15: Break
    16.15 – 17.45: Session 2. The Future of Russia-U.S. Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Agreements
    What are the consequences of the disintegration of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty? What are the prospects of maintaining arms control in strategic nuclear forces? How will the implementation of the latest Nuclear Posture Review in the United States affect the military balance and security in Eurasia? What are the perspective trends in the evolution of hypersonic weapons and missile defense systems?

  • Moderator: Igor Istomin – Associate Professor, Department of Applied International Political Analysis, MGIMO University

  • Sergey Oznobishchev – Head of the Division for Military-Political Analyses, Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAS)

  • Antonia Chayes – Professor of Practice of International Politics and Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Vasily Veselov – Deputy Chair of the Department for International Security, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Wednesday, March 20

    Hall 423, MGIMO University

    10.00 – 13.00: Policy Workshop. Strategic Stability in the New Nuclear Age (Room 216)
    What are the major areas of disagreement and potential cooperation between the United States and Russia on strategic stability in the new nuclear age?

  • Co-Chair: Monica Toft – Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Ildar Akhtamzyan – Associate Professor, MGIMO University

  • Antonia Chayes – Professor of Practice of International Politics and Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Alexey Fenenko – Associate Professor, Faculty of World Politics, Moscow State University

  • Adlan Margoev – “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director, PIR-Center
  • 13.00 – 14.15: Lunch break
    14.15 – 15.45: Session 3. The Roles of the United States and Russia in International Climate Change Negotiations
    How is the issue of climate change assessed by Russian and American societies, scientists, and decision-makers? What is the role of the climate agenda in Russian and American priorities in local, regional, and national contexts? How do Moscow and Washington assess achievements and prospects of international negotiations on climate change? What are the opportunities and risks for Russian and American businesses created by the rise of international environmental regulations and the green economy?

  • Moderator: Ruslan Aliev – Head of the Department of Natural Resources and Ecology Studies, MGIMO University

  • Anna Romanovskaya – Director, Yu.A. Izrael Institute of Global Climate and Ecology

  • Barbara Kates-Garnick – Professor of Practice, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Mikhail Yulkin – Director, Environmental Investment Center

  • Ekaterina Bliznetskaya – Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources and Ecology Studies, MGIMO University
  • 15.45 – 16.15: Break
    16.15 – 17.45: Session 4. Maintaining the Global Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime
    How does the deterioration of nuclear arms control agreements between Russia and the United States affect the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and attempts to suppress nuclear terrorism worldwide? How does the adoption of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty affect the nuclear non-proliferation norm and the political status of ‘nuclear-weapon states’ under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons? What are the prospects for settling the North Korea nuclear weapons issue, and how does it affect the global nuclear non-proliferation regime? Could escalating Russian-American tensions affect international regimes prohibiting other weapons of mass destruction?

  • Moderator: Daniel Drezner – Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Albert Zulkharneev – Director, PIR-Center

  • Monica Toft – Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

  • Adlan Margoev – “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director, PIR-Center
  • 17.45 – 18.45 Closing Reception

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