On June 22, 2009, Susan Eisenhower moderated a roundtable discussion entitled “Pressing That Re-set Button: Shared Interests, Competing Values, and U.S.-Russian Relations.” The Century Foundation presented this event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
As the Obama administration redirects U.S. policy on many fronts, the President’s declaration of a fresh start for relations between the United States and Russia has significant implications for the management of many critical issues. The roundtable assessed the direction of policy under the new administration in the week ahead of President Obama’s visit to Moscow, and it explored the challenges and opportunities the two countries face on issues of mutual and global concern.
* Jack F. Matlock, Jr., former George F. Kennan Professor, Institute for Advanced Study and former U.S. ambassador to the USSR; co-chair, Century Foundation Working Group on U.S. Policy toward Russia
* Thomas Graham, Senior Director, Kissinger Associates and former Senior Director for Russia, National Security Council; author of Century Foundation report Resurgent Russia and U.S. Purposes
* Sarah E. Mendelson, Director, Human Rights and Security Initiative and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; author of Century Foundation report U.S.-Russian Relations and the Democracy Deficit