Recent Events

  • Russia’s Financial System: How Vulnerable?

    On September 10th, Dr. Sergey Aleksashenko, a former senior economic official under President Yeltsin, discussed Russia’s financial sector at an event at the Center for the National Interest. Dr. Aleksashenko, who is currently a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, explained the state of Russia’s economy and the impact of Western imposed sanctions. The

  • U.S.-Russian Dialogue

    On July 27, the Center for the National Interest hosted a delegation of Russian academics as part of its U.S.-Russian dialogue program. This off-the-record event entitled “The United States, Russia, China and the International System” was broken into four panel discussions covering topics such as the BRICS, the SCO and the global order; the Ukraine

  • America, Iran, and the Nuclear Talks

    On July 17, the Center hosted a lunch panel to discuss the implications of the Iran deal. The panelists included Philip Gordon, a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, who served until 2015 as Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf Region at

  • Syria and the Islamic State: Status and Prospects

    On July 13, the Center for the National Interest hosted Vitaly Naumkin, Director of the Institute for Oriental Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences and one of Russia’s top experts on the Middle East, and Paul Pillar, a Contributing Editor of The National Interest magazine and a former National Intelligence Officer for the Near

  • Ambassador Umarov

    A Conversation with Kazakh Ambassador Kairat Umarov

    On July 1, Kazakh Ambassador Kairat Umarov spoke at a Center for the National Interest event. The Ambassador discussed a wide range of issues affecting Eurasia, including economic development and international relations in the region. The event was moderated by Center for the National Interest President Dimitri K. Simes. Event Summary As a result of