Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations under the Trump Administration: Heading for a Reset or an Overload?

The ABA Section of International Law will present a teleconference on Monday, February 27, 2017, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. ET on the Future of U.S. relations with Russia.

As a candidate, President Trump repeatedly made comments suggesting that he would take a different approach to dealing with Russia than his predecessor. In addition to praising President Putin, Mr. Trump suggested that he would consider recognizing Crimea as Russian territory and lifting sanctions against Russia, support Russia’s involvement in Syria, and reduce U.S. support for NATO. President Putin, in turn, expressed hope to work together with Mr. Trump toward “removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state."

Although these statements raise a possibility of a rapprochement, whether and how they will translate into actual policies remains unclear. At the same time, the reports that Russia meddled in the U.S. elections to help Mr. Trump raise serious national security concerns and further questions about the future of bilateral relations.

As the new administration is taking control, our panel of distinguished policy experts will discuss what the future might hold for the U.S.-Russia relations in the areas of national security, foreign policy, and economic matters. They will also discuss how the Trump administration might respond to the continuing pressures on a civil society in Russia in light of a possible reset in the relations.


  • Michael Shapiro, Bazelon Less & Feldman, P.C., Co-Chair of Russia and Eurasia Committee


  • Angela Stent, Professor at Georgetown University, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian & East European Studies
  • William Burke-White, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Director of Perry World House
  • Carroll Colley, Principal at Highgate Consulting LLC, former Director of Research at Eurasia Group

Registration Rates
Section of International Law Member Teleconference: $15
Non-Section of International Law Member Teleconference: $25

Contact the ABA Section of International Law for more information.




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