Robert Legvold

United States

Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus, Columbia University, and Director of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative.


After Helsinki: Moving Forward in an Overwhelming Toxic Atmosphere
All of this has led not merely to put the summit in very bad political odor in the United States, but to motivate his enraged critics in the Congress to weigh measures to further punish Russia that

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Helsinki Summit: Will the Great Powers Overcome the Crisis of Small Thinking?
Presidents Putin and Trump will meet for the third time in Helsinki July 16 with expectations more spectacularly fluid than in either of the two earlier meetings. Both leaders clearly want the meeting

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Rex Tillerson Is Fired. Whither US Foreign Policy?
On Tuesday, March 13, US President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his successor. Valdai Club expert Robert Legvold explains the reasons

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Trump’s First Year in Office: the Impact Is Profound and Controversial
Donald Trump enters the second year of his presidency as one of the most controversial politicians in the US history. Opinions vary greatly, but one thing is clear: the past year has been marked by
US-Russian Relations in 2017: Extreme Disappointment
Disappointment—extreme disappointment—marks what the year 2017 has been in US-Russian relations. The relationship is stuck. The hole in which is stuck is deep and dark—and growing more so. Each side

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Putin-Trump Meeting in Vietnam: Disappointment and Some Progress
One should assess the U.S.-Russian encounter this past week in Vietnam at two levels. At the level of Presidents Putin and Trump, to the disappointment of the Russian side, the Americans decided that

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US-Russia Relations Have Yet to Reach Their Lowest Point
Starting on August 23, the US will suspend the issuance of non-immigrant visas in Russia, and the terms for issuing immigrant visas will be changed. Russia considers Washington's actions to be
Valdai Paper #64: Into the Unknown: U.S.-Russian Relations Unhinged
In the U.S. case, the known unknowns are numerous. They begin with the question of how much deck furniture Trump is willing to overturn in order to pursue an “America First” strategy.

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Trump Administration’s Russia Policy: A Wide Range of Possible Outcomes
The question, before one turns to the Administration’s Russia policy, hinges on how much Trump’s right-wing domestic agenda and the political struggle he will face in enacting it will distract him

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Populism Wins in US Congress’ Veto Override of 9/11 Bill
The rejection by the Senate of President Obama's veto on legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia will not only greatly undermine the

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Russia – US: Confrontation in the Arctic Expanses?
Like the grim hulk of the Flying Dutchman in Wagner’s opera, the specter of trouble and conflict on the world’s newest frontier, the Arctic, looms in the headlines of the world’s press and the

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A Melting Arctic in a Frozen Russia-West Relationship
The chance to use the Arctic as a building block in the formation of a Euro-Atlantic security community may be lost for the foreseeable future, but that still leaves the formidable challenge of

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Expert discussion "Donald Trump: Professional Profile of the New President…
On January 18, the Valdai Discussion Club held an expert discussion titled “Donald Trump: Professional profile of the new president of the United States,” dedicated to a presentation of a Valdai Club



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