Vladimir Putin and the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations

Cold war is here with vengeance: conflict in Ukraine, proxy war in Syria, cyber warfare, direct interference in the U.S. election, and there will be more to come. In a one-on-one interview, Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution will speak about Putin, Energy and Russia’s economy, and viable economic, defensive, and political strategies the new U.S. administration may decide to pursue vis à vis Russia. Rosiland Jordan, the Al Jazeera State and Defense Correspondent in Washington will conduct the interview.

The great lesson of the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was the danger of misreading the statements, actions, and intentions of the adversary. Today, Vladimir Putin has become the greatest challenge to the European and American security and the global world order in decades. Where do Putin’s ideas come from? How does he look at the outside world? What does he want, and how far is he willing to go? Russia’s 8,000 nuclear weapons underscore the huge risks of not understanding who Putin is, as a person and as a reflection of deeply ingrained Russian ways of thinking. This interview will attempt to address these questions.

This event is jointly sponsored with the Columbia University Club of Washington, D.C.  Many thanks to ColumbiaDC Treasurer Kambiz Rahnavardy for his initiative on this event.

The program will begin with wine, beer and a full dinner. 



Russian Cucumber & Radish Salad

Shashlik- Lamb kebab with tomato-prune sauce

Pelmeni- Beef dumplings.

Cabbage stuffed with rice or buckwheat

Mushroom julienne- similar taste to stroganoff, but without meat,  creamy mushroom dish



6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017


Hogan Lovells (Metro Center)

Columbia Square

555 Thirteenth Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20004


- Harvard Club of Washington, DC and ColumbiaDC

members and their guests $45

- Nonmembers $65


fionaFiona Hill Harvard MA, '91/PhD, Hist‘98, U St. Andrews MA, Hist‘89

is director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at The National Intelligence Council. She is a frequent commentator on Russian and Eurasian affairs, and has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. She is co-author of the second edition of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015).

Prior to joining Brookings, Hill was director of strategic planning at The Eurasia Foundation in Washington, D.C. From 1991 to 1999, she held a number of positions directing technical assistance and research projects at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, including associate director of the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project, director of the Project on Ethnic Conflict in the Former Soviet Union, and coordinator of the Trilateral Study on Japanese-Russian-U.S. Relations.

Hill has published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. Her book with Brookings Senior Fellow Clifford Gaddy, “The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold,” was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2003, and her monograph, “Energy Empire: Oil, Gas and Russia’s Revival,” was published by the London Foreign Policy Centre in 2004. The first edition of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” was published by Brookings Institution Press in December 2013.

Hill holds a master’s in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history from Harvard University where she was a Frank Knox Fellow. She also holds a master’s in Russian and modern history from St. Andrews University in Scotland, and has pursued studies at Moscow’s Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages. Hill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the board of trustees of The Eurasia Foundation.

rosilandRosiland Jordan Columbia MS, J’90, Harvard AB, RLL‘88

is State and Defense Correspondent for Al Jazeera English Television (AJE), based in Washington.  Her focus is on U.S. foreign and national security policy, and on the impacts these policies have on the peoples of other nations.  She has covered numerous pretrial hearings at Guantanamo in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as ongoing developments in the Mideast Peace Process, the global fight against ISIL, the U.S. war in Afghanistan, the liberalization of U.S. relations with Burma (Myanmar), the political crises in Syria and Ukraine, and the Arab Spring.  She has traveled with Secretary of State John Kerry to Kenya, Djibouti, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

Previously for AJE, Jordan covered the 2008 presidential campaign and the first two years of the administration of President Barack Obama, again with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and economics.  She traveled with the President on his inaugural tour of Asia in November 2010, providing extensive live and taped coverage of Mr. Obama's meetings with leaders in the region.  Jordan is also one of Al Jazeera’s regular presenters for “Talk to Al Jazeera,” the network’s long-form interview program.  Her interviewees have included the linguist/political activist Noam Chomsky, director Oliver Stone, former Guantanamo commander General Michael Lehnert, and international jurist/human rights expert Michael Kirby.

Prior to joining Al Jazeera English, Jordan was the senior reporter and weekend host for WAMU-FM (Washington), where she won an AP award for her coverage of the local immigration debate.  Jordan covered the administration of President George W. Bush for NBC News, where she was the weekend White House correspondent.  She traveled with President Bush to Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005, as well as with Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice on their various diplomatic missions.  While serving as Tribune Broadcasting's Washington Correspondent, Jordan covered the 9/11 plane crash at the Pentagon, the political debates surrounding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and the 2000 presidential campaign.  She also spent eight years in local television news in Boston, Milwaukee, and Tucson, AZ.


Metro:  Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines) and Gallery Place-Chinatown (Green and Yellow Lines).

Parking:  Metered street parking with additional spots opening up at 6:30 pm.  Multiple parking garages nearby.

When: Thursday, 01/26/17 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm | iCal


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555 13th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20004

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