The U.S., Russia, and Bridging the East-West Divide

As attention turned to Russia and the Sochi Olympics, Ambassador Ian Kelly discussed US-Russia relations

Ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, relations between the United States and Russia were arguably their chilliest since the end of the Cold War. From differences over Syria and Ukraine, to disagreements over NATO and gay rights, the relationship was frequently marked by mistrust and competition.

Ian Kelly has spent much of his career dealing with U.S.-Russia relations. His most recent assignment was Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which grew from the Helsinki Process set up in the Seventies to help Europe manage the divisions between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.  While the Cold War is over, recent events have shown that some countries still face a choice of orientation between East and West. So, what’s driving the divide? And where is it headed?

Ambassador Kelly took an inside look at these and many other questions.

IanKellyPhotoAmbassador Ian Kelly is the Diplomat-in-Residence for the Midwest and previously served as the US representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) between 2010 and 2013. Prior to that role, he served as spokesperson for the US Department of State and director of the Department’s Office of Russian Affairs.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies, the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, and the Institute of Politics.

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