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U.S.-Russian Relations: What Went Wrong?

A Conversation with Vance Serchuk



Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:30 PM (Doors Open at 6:00 PM)
The Tikvah Center, 165 E 56th Street, New York, New York

In the quarter century since the end of the Cold War, every American President has entered office optimistic about the prospects of forging a strategic partnership with post-Soviet Russia. None has succeeded.

With relations between Washington and Moscow now at their lowest point in decades, the question of whether the United States and Russia are doomed to be antagonists on the world stage has assumed new urgency and significance. Are the repeated failed attempts at building enduring cooperation between our countries since 1991 the consequence of avoidable errors and miscalculations? Or is the persistence—and resurgence—of U.S.-Russian rivalry the product of deeper, structural forces on both sides?

Tikvah will host a conversation with Vance Serchuk, executive director of the KKR Global Institute and adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, to examine the history of U.S.-Russian relations from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the invasion of Ukraine and the 2016 presidential election. In addition to reviewing how we got to where we are now, Mr. Serchuk will explore how U.S. policy towards Russia since the late 1980s reveals important truths about the character of American power itself—and what it means for the future. Roger Hertog, Tikvah’s chairman, will host and moderate the conversation.


This event is at capacity. Please check back later for a recording of the event.


Vance Serchuk is executive director of the KKR Global Institute. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Serchuk served for six years as the senior national security adviser to Senator Joseph Lieberman. In this capacity, he worked on a broad range of international issues, including comprehensive sanctions legislation, the U.S. re-balance to the Asia-Pacific, and the U.S. response to the Arab Spring, traveling to over 60 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. From January to July 2013, he was a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow, based in Japan, and a regular columnist for the Washington Post. His writings have also appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. Mr. Serchuk is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, holds a JD from Yale Law School, and was a Fulbright scholar in the Russian Federation.