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What a Putin Victory Means for Russia & U.S.?

WHO:    Anton Fedyashin is a professor of history specializing in Russia and serves as the associate director of the Initiative for Russian Culture.  Fedyashin is also a native Russian speaker.  He teaches Russian, Soviet, and European history.  

Eric Lohr is an associate professor of history and director of the Initiative for Russian Culture. Lohr is the founder and chair of the Washington Russian History Seminar and served on the Russia/Europe advisory group for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.  Lohr speaks Russian.

Ekaterina Romanova, assistant professor in the School of International Service, focuses her research on identity politics, nationalist violence and gender.  Her regional expertise is in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Caucasus and Central Asia. Romanova has been actively involved in conflict resolution work and trainings in the Caucasus and Asia, contributing to a series of problem-solving workshops between South Ossetian-Georgian civil society leaders and trainings for youth leaders from that region.  Romanova is a native Russian speaker.

James Goldgeier, dean of the School of International Service, is an expert in contemporary international relations, American foreign policy, and transatlantic security.  He has held appointments at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, the State Department as a foreign service officer, and the National Security Council staff as director of Russian affairs.  He co-authored with Michael McFaul, Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War.  (Brookings Institution 2003).

WHAT: Russian experts available to discuss Russian presidential election

WHERE: In-Studio, via telephone, on-campus

February 28 - ongoing

The campaign leading up to the Russian presidential election on March 4 has had some stunning twists and turns for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s bid for a third term as president.  Following the December parliamentary election controversy, Putin’s popularity suffered as protestors took to the streets. However, just days before the presidential election, Putin proclaimed himself a unifier eschewing any mention of his own party in a packed Moscow stadium appealing to the middle class and those demanding fair elections.  Whether the old or new Putin emerges the victor seems to be the real question in the five way race to win the presidency.  The other facet will be whether the results of the March 4 election will trigger a run-off election among the top candidates.

American University Russia experts are available to discuss and analyze the following issues among others:

•    What the election’s outcome will have on domestic Russian policy;
•    How the election outcome will affect relations with the United States;
•    Whether the Russian middle class will affect Kremlin policy making;
•    If Putin will pivot and try to reform his party or perhaps form a new one;
•    If Putin’s six recent policy articles will form the basis of his third term or if they were just campaign rhetoric; and,
•    How the U.S. must respond to a Putin victory.

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