EVENT: “The New U.S.-Russian Cold War – Who is to Blame?” – A debate between Stephen F. Cohen and Michael McFaul [New York City Wednesday, May 9, 2018]

Stylized Russian and U.S. Flags, 200, 1807-2007

Subject: Stephen F. Cohen and Michael McFaul debate the “New U.S.-Russian Cold War”


The New U.S.-Russian Cold War – Who is to Blame?
a debate between
Stephen F. Cohen and Michael McFaul

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Teatro, Italian Academy (2nd Floor, 1161 Amsterdam Ave)
New York

Please join The Harriman Institute and New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia for a debate between Stephen F. Cohen (Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at New York University and Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton University) and Michael McFaul (Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University).

Registration is required. Please click here to register:

U.S.-Russia relations are at their worst since the Soviet era. The two countries remain at odds over policy towards Syria, Ukraine and questions of global leadership. Rather than engage in a “reset” of U.S.-Russia relations during the Trump administration, relations have deteriorated as the U.S. has tightened its sanctions regimes and the current investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential elections has further inflamed tensions. News cycles in both countries are dominated by negative stories and images of the other side.

How did relations between the Untied States and Russia deteriorate to this point and who is to blame? Are the two sides misunderstanding and misrepresenting one another or do they simply have incompatible national interests that can never be reconciled? And what should be done to ease tensions and find a new basis for normalizing relations?

Columbia University Campus with Main Building

For more information, visit the event page at harriman.columbia.edu:

This event is part of the Columbia-NYU New York Russia Public Policy Series and is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.