As President Biden prepares to meet with President Putin on June 16, the territorial disputes in Ukraine — including Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in the Donbas — form the greatest single area of disagreement between the United States and Russia, and the greatest potential cause of conflict between them. The Quincy Institute is therefore glad to announce the publication of an important paper by Senior Research Fellow on Russia and Europe Dr. Anatol Lieven, setting out the basis for a negotiated solution to the conflict in Ukraine. To mark the paper’s launch and to discuss its recommendations, Dr. Lieven will be joined on a panel by two distinguished experts on Ukraine and U.S.-Russian relations, Dr. Nicolai Petro of University of Rhode Island, and Emma Ashford, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. The Quincy Institute’s Kelley Beaucar Vlahos will moderate.
Anatol Lieven is senior research fellow on Russia and Europe 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. He is a member of the academic board of the Valdai discussion club in Russia, and a member of the advisory committee of the South Asia Department of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He holds a BA and PhD from Cambridge University in England.
Emma Ashford is a resident senior fellow with the New American Engagement Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, which focuses on challenging the prevailing assumptions governing U.S. foreign policy and seeks to develop effective solutions that preserve America’s security and prosperity. Her work focuses on questions of grand strategy, international security, and the future of U.S. foreign policy. She has expertise in the politics of Russia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Nicolai N. Petro is professor of political science and the former Silvia-Chandley Professorship of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island. His books include, Ukraine in Crisis (Routledge, 2017), Crafting Democracy (Cornell, 2004), Russian Foreign Policy (Longman, 1997) and The Rebirth of Russian Democracy (Harvard, 1995). He is the recipient of Fulbright awards to Russia and to Ukraine. As a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow, he served as special assistant for policy toward the Soviet Union in the U.S. Department of State from 1989 to 1990.
Kelley Vlahos is senior advisor for the Quincy Institute and contributing editor at Responsible Statecraft. Previously, she served as executive editor at The American Conservative magazine, for which she has also been writing and reporting on the wars, foreign policy, veterans, and the military since 2007. She also organized the magazine’s major annual foreign policy conference for the last three years. She is currently a co-host of the Crashing the War Party podcast.