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November 2017 Conference: Agenda

For each of the major areas of disagreement between Russia and the United States there will be a special session, which will last for 60 minutes. Each session will start with presentations by a Russian, American, and third-party speaker, followed by discussion with all the participants. In order to ensure interactive debate, the speakers will be requested to restrict their initial remarks to 5-7 minutes. In the agenda the title of each session is accompanied by a tentative list of questions for discussion.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

8.30 – 9.00: Registration
9.00 – 9.15: Welcoming Session

  • James G. Stavridis – Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

  • Petr Iliichev - First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the United Nations
  • 9.15 – 10.15: Session 1. International Governance and the Global Order
    What are the Russian and American approaches and interpretations of legal principles of territorial integrity and non-interference in domestic affairs as well as the concept of ‘responsibility to protect’? How are they applied in the post-Soviet space and Middle East? To what extent do Russia and the United States adhere to international humanitarian law during their engagement in international conflicts?

  • Petr Iliichev - First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the United Nations

  • Daniel Drezner – Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School

  • Jack Goldsmith – Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Harvard University

  • Written commentary by Mikhail N. Lysenko – Former Ambassador of the Russian Federation to New Zealand; Associate Professor, Department of International Law, MGIMO University

  • Moderated by Earl Potter – Master of Arts Candidate 2018, The Fletcher School
  • 10.15 – 11.15: Session 2. Domestic Orders in the Times of Cyber and Information Threats
    How does the fear of external interference affect threat perception? To what extent are nations (such as Russia and the United States) subjected to foreign influence? How does innovation in information technologies and cybersphere affect strategies of subversion in international politics? What are the response strategies by states toward the new type of threats to domestic orders?

  • Igor A. Istomin – Senior Lecturer, Department of Applied Analysis of International Issues, MGIMO University

  • Joseph Nye – Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University

  • Mara Karlin – Associate Professor of the Practice of Strategic Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

  • Video message by Elena S. Zinovieva - Senior Lecturer, Department of World Politics, MGIMO University

  • Moderated by Austin D. Bowman – Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2018, The Fletcher School
  • 11.15 – 11.30: Coffee break
    11.30 – 12.30: Session 3. Instability in the Middle East and the Threat from Radical Jihadism
    What are the stumbling blocks for Russian-American compromise on Syria? What are the differences between the parties in defining the threat from radical Jihadism? To what extent do Russian and American perspectives differ on the Iranian nuclear deal, Turkish policies, Yemeni and Libyan conflicts?

  • Irina D. Zvyagelskaya – Chief Research Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies; Professor, Department of Oriental Studies, MGIMO University

  • Monica Toft – Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School

  • Tamara Cofman Wittes – Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

  • Marc Lynch – Professor of Political Science, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

  • Moderated by Mariya Ilyas – Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2018, The Fletcher School
  • 12.30 – 13.30: Lunch
    13.30 – 14.30: Session 4. The Euro-Atlantic Order and Conventional Security
    What are the primary sources of disagreement regarding the Euro-Atlantic order between Russia and the West? How do the parties assess the state of regional institutions in Europe? What are their preferences and bottom lines regarding the conflict in Ukraine, and what role does it play in their calculations? What are the perceptions of military posture of conventional forces on both sides?

  • Constanze Stelzenmüller – Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Center for the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

  • Kimberly Marten – Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University

  • Samuel Charap – Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

  • Mikhail Troitskiy – Associate Professor and Dean, School of Government and International Affairs, MGIMO University

  • Moderated by Mia Adamowsky - Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2018, The Fletcher School
  • 14.30 – 15.30: Session 5. Security in the Asia-Pacific in the Context of Tensions on the Korean Peninsula
    How do the parties assess the sources of the recent exacerbation of tensions on the Korean peninsula? What are the differences between Russia and the United States in preferred strategies for dealing with the North Korean nuclear problem? What are the policies of both states toward other regional partners, including China, Japan and South Korea?

  • Katharine H.S. Moon – Professor of Political Science; Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies, Wellesley College

  • Evan A. Feigenbaum – Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute, University of Chicago

  • Dmitry V. Streltsov – Chair, Department of Oriental Studies, MGIMO University

  • Moderated by Colin Thompson – Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2018, The Fletcher School
  • 15.30 – 16.00: Coffee break
    16.00 – 17.00: Session 6. The Historical Roots of U.S.-Russian Friction
    What are the primary sources of current Russian-American tensions? What are the differing historical interpretations of the post-Cold War period? Can the historical narratives about the post-Cold War era be reconciled?

  • Sulmaan Khan – Assistant Professor of International History and Chinese Foreign Relations, The Fletcher School

  • Chris Miller – Assistant Professor of International History, The Fletcher School

  • Tatiana Shakleina – Chair, Department of Applied Analysis of International Issues, MGIMO University

  • Mary Elise Sarotte – Dean’s Professor of History and Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California

  • Moderated by Cynthia A. Garcia – Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2018, The Fletcher School
  • 17.00 – 18.00: Session 7. The Rules of the Global Economic Game
    How do key actors view the current state of global economic governance? How does economic populism affect the state of the international trading system? Has economic coercion become a more widely accepted means of statecraft? What is the future of economic regionalism? Can the dollar continue to play its global role?

  • Daniel W. Drezner – Professor of International Politics, The Fletcher School

  • Naazneen Barma – Associate Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School

  • Andrey A. Baykov – Vice President for Graduate and International Programs, MGIMO University

  • Moderated by Markian Kuzmowycz – Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2019, The Fletcher School
  • 18.00 – 18.30: The Wrap-Up. How to Bridge Competing Visions in International Law and Politics

  • Andrey A. Baykov – Vice President for Graduate and International Programs, MGIMO University

  • Paul Arthur Berkman – Director, Science Diplomacy Center, The Fletcher School

  • Roland Paris – University Research Chair in International Security and Governance, University of Ottawa

  • Gregory M. Ussery – Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2018, The Fletcher School

  • Andrew Baker – Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Candidate 2018, The Fletcher School
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