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The Russia Disruption: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges of Dealing with Putin

  • 08 Apr 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online


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The Russia Disruption: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges of Dealing with Putin

Moscow has been difficult for Washington dating back to Stalin’s USSR. Along with China, Putin’s Russia has emerged as the greatest challenge facing the Biden Administration. Many see Russia's efforts to exert power and control over the countries in what it calls its "near abroad," as Moscow’s efforts to reestablish the imperial reach of Catherine the Great. Moscow works to frustrate U.S. leadership by driving a wedge in the Atlantic alliance between the US and our European allies. Russia is cooperating with Beijing to frustrate America's global leadership. Russia is also exacerbating divisions within America by using both new technologies and established methods making Putin's Russia every bit the enigma the Soviet Union was during the height of the Cold War. Dr. Fiona Hill, former National Security Council and National Intelligence official will discuss the challenge and what must be done to confront it. 



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Thursday, April 8, 2021

10:00 am-11:00 am MST | 11:00 am-12:00 pm MDT


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Dr. Fiona Hill

Robert Bosch Senior Fellow,

Brookings Institution - Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe

Dr. Fiona Hill is the Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. She recently served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is co-author of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin" (Brookings Institution Press, 2015).

Prior to joining Brookings, Dr. Hill was director of strategic planning at The Eurasia Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1999, she held a number of positions directing technical assistance and research projects at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, including associate director of the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, director of the Project on Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union, and coordinator of the Trilateral Study on Japanese-Russian-U.S. Relations.

Dr. Hill has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. Her book with Brookings Senior Fellow Clifford Gaddy, “The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold," was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2003, and her monograph, “Energy Empire: Oil, Gas and Russia’s Revival,” was published by the London Foreign Policy Centre in 2004. The first edition of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2013, also with Clifford Gaddy.

Dr. Hill holds a master’s in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history from Harvard University where she was a Frank Knox Fellow. She also holds a master’s in Russian and modern history from St. Andrews University in Scotland, and has pursued studies at Moscow’s Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages. Dr. Hill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


David A. Merkel

Associate Fellow,

International Institute for Strategic Studies

David A. Merkel is the managing director of Summit International Advisors, LLC. His expertise includes United States foreign policy, the geopolitics of energy, the Belt and Road Initiative, Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

David A. Merkel has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Director for South and Central Asian Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House, Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. He also served as international counsellor to the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), senior professional staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior foreign and defense policy adviser to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.

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