Book Talk: Getting Russia Right

In his exceptional new book Getting Russia Right, Thomas Graham, a former senior US diplomat with a generation’s experience of working in the field of US-Russian relations, analyzes how the relationship developed in the three decades after the end of the Cold War, and why it deteriorated so badly over time. Graham identifies key turning points in the relationship, and the prejudices and blind spots on both sides that prevented leaders from reaching reasonable accommodations. Dr Graham ends his book with suggestions about how even in the disastrous context of the war in Ukraine, there are possibilities to avoid the worst outcomes and restore some modicum of peaceful co-existence and basic co-operation. Anatol Lieven, director of the Eurasia Program at the Quincy Institute, discussed the book with the author.


Thomas Graham

Thomas Graham is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a cofounder of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies program at Yale University and sits on its faculty steering committee. He is also a research fellow at the MacMillan Center at Yale. He has been a lecturer in global affairs and political science since 2011, teaching courses on U.S.-Russian relations and Russian foreign policy, as well as cybersecurity and counterterrorism. Graham was special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia on the National Security Council staff from 2004 to 2007, during which he managed a White House-Kremlin strategic dialogue.

Anatol Lieven (Moderator)

Anatol Lieven is Director of the Eurasia Program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He was formerly a professor at Georgetown University in Qatar and in the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Lieven worked as a British journalist in South Asia, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and is author of several books on Russia and its neighbors including "Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry" (US Institute of Peace, 1999). He holds a BA and PhD from Cambridge University in England.