7th Transatlantic Forum on Russia

Please join us for the seventh joint conference of CSIS and the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (CPRDU). Since 2012 CSIS and CPRDU have partnered to examine the impact of Polish-Russian reconciliation and its wider regional and transatlantic implications. Following Russia’s 2014 illegal annexation of Crimea and military incursions into eastern Ukraine, and its military and covert operations in Syria, Salisbury, and elsewhere, the Forum’s focus has turned to formulating a long-term transatlantic policy framework towards Russia. The Forum convenes five months after the U.S.-Russia Summit in Helsinki, nine days after the U.S. mid-term elections, and four days after President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Putin in Paris on the margins of the centenarian commemoration of the end of the First World War. Regional and U.S. experts will assess the role that history plays in shaping both Russia’s and the West’s narrative as well as to examine the success that Russian malign influence has had in undermining confidence in democratic institutions and leaders in Europe and the United States.



8:50-9:00 - Welcoming Remarks:

Ms. Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic, CSIS

Dr Ernest Wyciszkiewicz, Director, Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (CPRDU)

9:00-9:30 - Keynote Address:  Winning the War Against Russian Active Measures

The Honorable Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) (Invited)

9:30-11:00 - Panel One: #HISTINT – The Weaponization of History:   Independence, Occupation and Liberation 


Professor Šarūnas Liekis, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy Professor, Vytautas Magnus University (Confirmed)

Dr Sławomir Dębski, Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs (Confirmed)

Professor Nina Tumarkin, Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies; Professor of History, Wellesley College (Confirmed)

Moderator: Ms. Heather A. Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic, CSIS

11:00-11:15 - Coffee break 

11:15-12:45 - Panel Two: #RussiaResist: Understanding the Exploitation and Weaponization of Democratic Weakness


Ms. Oana Popescu, Director, Global Focus Centre, Bucharest (Confirmed)

Mr. Charles Davidson, Executive Director of the Kleptocracy Initiative, Hudson Institute (Confirmed)

Mr. Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News (Confirmed)

Moderator:  Dr. Ernest Wyciszkiewicz, Director, Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (CPRDU)

12:45 - Buffet Lunch

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