Session: Session 3
Date/Time: April 29, 2015 / 10:45-12:00
Choi Kang, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Eom Gu Ho, Hanyang University
Svitlana Kobzar, RAND Europe
Gilbert Rozman, The Asan Forum
Dmitry Suslov, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Russia
There was a time when American leaders saw Russia as a potential partner for peace. With the end of the Cold War, they tried to integrate Russia into the emerging political and economic order. Today, President Vladimir Putin has laid out a radically different vision of Russia’s place in the world. Viewing the European Union and U.S.-led alliance system’s expansion into Eastern Europe as an intolerable violation of Russia’s sphere of influence, President Putin has tried to bring the former Soviet republics under his control. Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has been a watershed moment, with Putin showing a willingness to endure severe economic hardship and diplomatic isolation. In contrast, the U.S. and its European allies appear unsure how far they are prepared to go. Can Russia still be a partner for peace?