Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

From Reset to Regret: The Rocky Road of US-Russian Relations

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • University Club, 803 State Street, Madison WI

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Kjell E. Engelbrekt

Visiting Fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Illinois at Chicago

What has gone wrong with US-Russian relations? In 2009, the US-Russian diplomatic dialogue was officially ‘reset’ by President Obama and his Russian counterpart Medvedev. They even pressed a symbolic ‘reset’ button at a press conference in Moscow.  Fast forward to 2014, and much has changed.  Under Vladimir Putin, rapprochement has stopped in its track. In the past two years Moscow has thwarted US attempts to bring stability to the Middle East, fended off EU measures to create a more prosperous and self-confident Ukraine, and provided a safe haven to NSA defector Edward Snowden.    Dr. Kjell E. Engelbrekt will explore US-Russian relations and Russian efforts to constrain Western political, economic and cultural influence.

Kjell E. Engelbrekt is currently a visiting fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a PhD in political science from Stockholm University. He is associate professor at the Swedish National Defense College and member of the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences. He has served as a research fellow at Columbia University (New York), Humboldt-Universität (Berlin), and the European University Institute (Florence). In addition to his academic record, Engelbrekt has served as secretary-general of the Swedish North Atlantic Treaty Association, research analyst at the RFE/RL Research Institute, and consulted for the UN Development Program and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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