“Is a Constructive Agenda
With Russia Possible?”

with Professor Anna Vassilieva

Professor of Russian Studies and Director of the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California.

The sponsor for Professor Vassilieva
is Program Committee member Joe Leadem.

Crucial issues swirling around U.S. security include China, Islamic terrorism, and cyber threats, to name just three. But where is Russia in this? For better or worse, does any U.S. security strategy have to include it? The answer is a resounding “yes”!

WACSC is privileged to present Professor Anna Vassilieva to unpack the role that Russia plays, and will continue to play, in our security planning. First, an urgent challenge: we must see through the current distrust and media frenzy in both countries. Then onto a deep dive into what our current security environment really is. What is Russia’s? And how do they intersect? So much rides on the answers, and in Anna Vassilieva we will have both broad sweep and focused details.
This is a program you won’t want to miss!
Date: Thursday, December 9
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Via Zoom
And It’s Free!   

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About Anna Vassilieva

Professor Vassilieva was born and educated in Russia, earning her Ph.D. from the Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation in Moscow. Since 1990, she has been at the forefront of Russian studies in the United States. She is a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and head of its Russian Studies Program. She is founding director of the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies, which is funded by the Carnegie Corporation.

Professor Vassilieva’s expertise is in contemporary Russian politics, U.S.-Russian relations, and new formats for graduate education in international relations. She is uniquely able to see the two sides of United States-Russia issues with breadth and clarity.
At Monterey, Professor Vassilieva launched the highly-acclaimed annual Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (now in its fifth year), where American and Russian experts convene to meet, talk, and make presentations to top graduate students from around the country.

Among her other projects, Professor Vassilieva produced The Ambassadorial Series, The Bridge (jointly with the National Security Archives), and the podcast series Geopolitics on the Move.

We are pleased to present a speaker of Professor Vassilieva’s knowledge and expertise, and hope you attend.

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Also Coming Soon…

January 2022
Afghan-American author Tamin Ansary will set America’s intervention in Afghanistan in the larger context of Afghan history, highlighting the eerie parallels between the American, Soviet and British experiences there. With this program, In Retrospect — America’s 20 Year Project in Afghanistan, he will share the perspective of someone born and raised inside the culture that the American project was attempting to re-shape. Tamin’s books include West of Kabul, East of New York, a memoir about straddling the cultural fault line that he’ll discuss. (Note: this program will either be on the January 11th via Zoom or in person on the 14th at a venue to be announced — stay tuned!)

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