With President Obama going to serve a second term in office, new questions are emerging about the future of U.S.-Russia relations. The bilateral relationship is facing some of its greatest challenges since the end of the Cold War. How can Obama deepen and sustain the foundations for U.S.-Russia cooperation? Can the new administration overcome political rhetoric and bridge the so-called values gap?

Carnegie hosted a two-panel conference at which a group of experts discussed prospects for U.S. engagement with Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation over the next four years.


8:30–9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00–10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks and Keynote Address

  • Opening Remarks: Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Carnegie Endowment
  • Keynote Address: Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senate
  • Keynote Address: Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, Embassy of Russia 

10:00–11:10 a.m. Panel One–Personalities, Institutions, and Foundations

  • Thomas Graham, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
  • Andrew Weiss, RAND Corporation
  • Matthew Rojansky, Carnegie Endowment
  • Moderator: Ambassador James F. Collins, Carnegie Endowment

11:10–11:20 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Panel Two–Interests and Values

  • Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center
  • Nikolas Gvosdev, U.S. Naval War College
  • Robert E. Berls, Jr., Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Moderator: Thomas de Waal, Carnegie Endowment