ADVISORY: Rep. Adam Smith on U.S.-Russian Relations After the Reset

Washington, D.C. – Please join the Center for American Progress for a keynote address by Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA 9), on Friday, September 21 to discuss U.S.-Russian relations after the reset and over the next several years, as well as areas of mutual interest and diverging interest.

One of the Obama Administration’s first foreign policy initiatives in office was to ‘reset’ relations with Russia. The policy eased some of the tensions that had built over the previous decade between the U.S. and Russia and restored a working relationship between the two nations. The successful negotiation and ratification of New START in 2011, which strengthened arms control cooperation between the two nations, reflected some improvement in the relationship.

Now the big question for U.S. policymakers is what comes after the reset? Washington has had to balance its support for human rights and democracy in Russia with the need for Moscow’s cooperation on issues relevant to international security, such as sanctions on Iran, UN action on Syria, missile defense, arms control and international trade. The reelection of President Vladimir Putin last fall, who last held office during a period of significant friction between the two countries, has raised further questions about tensions between the two nations.


Rudy deLeon, Senior Vice President, Center for American Progress

Keynote Speaker:
Congressman Adam Smith, (D-WA 9)

Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Bagels and coffee will be served at 8:30 a.m.


September 21, 2012
9:00am – 10:00am


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