Senior International Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld llP. Member of the Valdai Discussion Club Advisory Board.
Previous positions: Special Assistant to former President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and the Eurasian States at the National Security Council (NSC) (1993); and Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (INR) (1993-1997); Senior Vice President for Policy Studies at the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) in New York City.
Research interests: Russian foreign and economic policies and US-Russian relations, international organizations and US foreign policy.
Selected publications: “Russia's New Law on Foreign Investment in Strategic Sectors and the Role of State Corporations in the Russian Economy,“ (2008);“U.S.-Russia Relations: What Should Be Done - and Not Done,”(2008); “Looking Beyond Oil,” (2008); “Renewable Energy in Russia’s Future,” (2008); “Diversification for Growth: What the Russian Economy Needs,” (2003);“The Political Dynamic”(co-author) (2003).
The Russian leadership will have to decide where the U.S. fits into the foreign policy priorities of the Russian Federation and whether an anti-American strategy at home is compatible with a productive bilateral relationship on the world stage.
The conventional narrative in Russia has been that American spurned Russia’s outstretched hand after 9/11 and thus lost an opportunity to build a solid anti-terrorist coalition. Russia remains hostile to the US footprint in areas close to its borders, particularly its presence in Central Asia, and to improving US bilateral relations with states that were once part of the Soviet Union.
The problem is that Russia did not know what it wanted. And to this day it does not know ... What is Russia - Western, Eastern, an embodiment of the Third Way? It is easy to pass mistakes off onto your enemy or opponent, but it is time for the people of Russia to say to themselves: if we want something, we should be doing something.
In the U.S. National Military Strategy Russia is not described as a foe or an enemy. It is described as a country positioned in the European context and also, by extension, the Asian context. The emphasis is on cooperation not confrontation.
The course proposed by Dmitry Medvedev is designed to strengthen the weak parts of the country’s economic policy. Modernization means changes, and often these are changes for which ordinary Russians are not ready. The Kremlin believes that there is a way to demonstrate modernization in action -- that is the Skolkovo project.