Is President Trump a realist when it comes to Russia? Will his foreign policy raise or lower the risk of conflict with the Kremlin? Why did Trump have warm words for Vladimir Putin in 2015 and 2016?
Scott Radnitz, Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington, discussed these issues and remarked on the Trump administration’s policy toward Russia as part of the “Trump in the World” series hosted by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
The 10-lecture series examines the impact of the 2016 election on countries and regions around the world. Each week, Jackson School faculty experts explore perspectives from Europe, Asia, Mexico and Russia as well as questions of human rights, international cooperation and migration.
During his lecture, Radnitz discussed how Trump’s rhetoric toward Russia and NATO has evolved since the election last year. He also spoke about how US policy toward the former Soviet republics since the end of communism has affected thinking among policymakers in Russia and how that plays out in international politics today.
Scott Radnitz is an Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington. He researches post-Soviet politics, covering topics such as protests, authoritarianism, identity, and state building.
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