The Trustees of the

BALTIMORE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Cordially Invite You to an Address by

Alexandra M. Vacroux, Ph.D.

Executive Director,

The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Harvard University

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Reception: 5:15 p.m.      Address: 6:00 p.m.

WORLD TRADE CENTER BALTIMORE

Members: Free of Charge* – Guest: $10.00 – Non-Members: 25.00**

"The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations"

Serious analysts agree that a calm relationship between the world’s two great nuclear-weapon states is highly desirable. Many look forward to a status quo Russia satisfied with a role in its region and the world commensurate with its economic and security interests. However, at this moment few are comfortable with President Putin’s endeavors to recapture much of Russia’s past through solidifying and expanding a foothold in the Middle East via bases in Syria, support of President Assad, and cooperation with Iran; through the development of the Eurasian Union, the seizure of Crimea, the incursion into Ukraine, and pressure on the Baltic states as well as Eastern Europe.

 

The path from current confrontations to a satisfied and status quo Russia seems turbulent and very long indeed.  While today’s passionate domestic discussion of Russia may make it difficult to view the complexities of this journey, Dr. Alexandra Vacroux brings a sturdy reputation for detached and reasoned analyses.

 

Dr. Vacroux holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and Economics from Tufts University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Government from Harvard. She has been a senior scholar at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. In Moscow, she was a consultant to the Russian Privatization Agency (GKI) and the Director of Sales and President of the Brunswick Warburg investment bank. She has been Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and a Lecturer in Government at Harvard since 2010.

 

It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Alexandra Vacroux to the Council.