Russia and You

Worsening US-Russian Relations Marked by New Sanctions

“The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to two recreational compounds in the United States owned by the Russian Government. The Department took these actions as part of a comprehensive response to Russia’s interference in the U.S. election and to a pattern of harassment of our diplomats overseas that has increased over the last four years, including a significant increase in the last 12 months.”

U.S. State Department, December 29, 2016


How Will You Keep Up?

Your World Affairs Council brings you programs to inform you on critical developments in American-Russian relations and other global hot topics. This year we organized a visit by Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey I. Kislyak to Nashville for a town hall public affairs program and other opportunities for dialogue with Tennesseans.

The Council hosted a number of other programs discussing the challenges Washington faced with Russia around the world such as our panel with U.S. Ambassadors Bowers and Schlicher the night after the election of the President.

On January 17th your World Affairs Council is hosting Russian specialist Dr. Mark Katz from the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center for a town hall to discuss “Russian-American Relations: From Obama to Trump.”


These are among the things we do to provide you the opportunity to know the world as it gets increasingly complicated and increasingly important to America’s future.

If we are to continue to bring you opportunities like having a conversation with the Russian Ambassador or talking with veteran American diplomats we need your support to continue.

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So please become a member and make a gift to the World Affairs Council today.


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Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, Russian Federation Ambassador to the United States and Dr. Mimi Barnard at TNWAC Town Hall at Belmont University, Feb. 1, 2016

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