Symposium: Advice to President Trump on U.S.-Russia Policy

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Editor’s Note: The following is a multi-part symposium commissioned by the National Interest and Carnegie Corporation of New York. Check daily (Monday-Friday) for new entries. Below you will find a brief introduction to the series by Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest.

Monday, November 28: Graham Allison, Steven Pifer, Paul Saunders, Ian Bremmer, Joseph Nye, Angela Stent

Tuesday, November 29: Jack Matlock Jr.Barry Posen

Wednesday, November 30: Michael Kofman, Matthew Rojansky

Thursday, December 1: Timothy J. ColtonNikolas K. Gvosdev

Friday, December 2: Andrew Kuchins, J. Andrew Spindler

Monday, December 5: Paul Pillar, Thomas F. Remington

Tuesday, December 6: Kevin Ryan, Daniel Treisman

Wednesday, December 7: Julie Newton, Thomas Pickering

Thursday, December 8: Arthur Martirosyan​, Alexandra Vacroux 

Friday, December 9: Mathew Burrows, Jeffrey Mankoff

Monday, December 12: Thomas Graham, Siegfried S. Hecker

Tuesday, December 13: Robert Hunter, Olga Oliker

With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, the issue of U.S.-Russia relations is acquiring a new importance. Russia figured prominently in the discussion of the U.S. elections and in debates about the direction of American foreign policy. Now the central question is whether or not the possibility of warmer relations between the two sides—or even a new détente—exists? What would it take to adopt a fresh approach?

To answer such questions, Carnegie Corporation and the National Interest created a symposium on Russia and the United States. The essays contained in this collection are particularly pertinent now that the possibility is being discussed, both at home and abroad, of reassessing the frosty relations between Moscow and Washington. These stimulating and enlightening essays, written by an impressive array of leading experts, offer a possible roadmap forward for a new U.S. administration. They consist of analysis and recommendations from policymakers, think tank members and academics. The precise answers may vary, but the authors are receptive to the idea that change is imperative.