Evolving Russian Foreign Policy Perspectives


On April 16, the Center for the National Interest organized a small private, off-the record roundtable discussion on evolving Russian foreign policy perspectives. The featured speaker was the Center’s president and CEO Dimitri K. Simes who provided insights on shifting foreign policy perspectives among Russian elites and the changing media landscape in Russia. His observations were based on his experiences co-moderating “The Great Game”, a talk show on global politics that airs on Channel One, a leading Russian television network. George Beebe, the Center’s Vice President and Director of Studies, moderated.

Participants in the off-the-record conversation included administration officials, analysts and journalists. There was a vigorous, but friendly exchange of views about the direction of U.S. Russia policy.

(Pictured left to right): Center Vice President George Beebe, former director of Russia analysis at the CIA and Special Advisor to Vice President Cheney for Russia/Eurasia and Intelligence Programs; Center President and CEO Dimitri Simes; former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs Richard Burt.