AT THE CENTER

What Does Russia Want? What Does America Need?

On April 17, the Center for the National Interest hosted a panel discussion entitled “What Does Russia Want? What Does America Need?” Speakers included Steven Pifer, director of the Arms Control and Nonproliferation Initiative and a senior fellow for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Center on the Unites States and Europe at the

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“I think it became fairly clear to them [Moscow] that high expectations would be inappropriate in this case, because they could see that the [Trump] administration was under siege, particularly on the Russia issue, and it would be very difficult to do anything constructive.”

-Dimitri K. Simes

“The trends are quite clear — and quite terrifying. Pyongyang will press forward building a robust military arsenal, and Washington and its allies will continue to negate such a build-up with counter measures: missile defense systems like THAAD; offensive weapons like stealth fighters and bombers; the rotating in of "armadas;" and, perhaps eventually, tactical nuclear weapons transferred back to South Korea from the U.S.”

-Harry J. Kazianis

“[Trump] seems to have a view that he’s the president of the United States and it’s the job of the president of the United States to protect the interests of the American people — and the interests of the American people come ahead of the interests of citizens of other countries.”

-Paul J. Saunders

“…Trump's actions could have larger consequences if he were to strike again, whether punishing Assad for another chemical weapons attack or some other act of barbarism. Consider this: Just a single misplaced U.S. strike that kills Russian personnel in that war-torn country could be the spark that starts a much wider conflict — a war that could rage from the Baltics into Ukraine and all the way back to the Middle East. And considering Washington and Moscow hold vast arsenals of nuclear weapons, the stakes could not be any higher.”

-Harry J. Kazianis

“The Trump doctrine that is emerging is not one based on military exigencies or anything as mundane as a strategy. Rather, this doctrine is based on the impulsive and hawkish and unilateral exercise of American firepower, whenever and wherever Trump pleases.”

-Jacob Heilbrunn

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U.S.-China bilateral relations appeared to have a rocky start in the wake of then President-Elect Trump’s conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. While those tensions have subsided, the relationship remains a complex and contentious one in political, economic and security terms. We assembled an impressive expert panel to assess the summit’s likely outcomes. Speakers included:

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