Seven Days to Russia – RSVP Now


Just what’s going on?

  • 4,000 American troops deploy to Eastern Europe for NATO “show of commitment” Operation Atlantic Resolve exercises?
  • Nuclear capable intermediate range missiles are deployed to a Russian enclave next to the Baltic States and Poland?
  • The American Intelligence Community in an unprecedented disclosure claims there was a Russian cyber and disinformation campaign to influence the US presidential election?
  • President Obama orders Russian diplomats expelled and facilities closured?
  • The Trump administration is criticized for being soft on Putin?
  • Washington and Moscow pursue military build ups?
  • Annexation of Crimea and troubles in Ukraine’s east continue despite major Western sanctions on Moscow.
  • Analysts announce the “end of the end of the Cold War”?

You’re invited to a timely World Affairs Council town hall that will take up the questions on Russia-US relations as the Trump Administration is about to take office amid a swirl of challenges between Washington and Moscow.

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IBC International Business Council Nashville Chamber


The Tennessee World Affairs Council, the International Center for Business at Belmont University and the Nashville Chamber’s International Business Council in association with the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute present

Russian-American Relations:  

From Obama to Trump


with Dr. Mark Katz, Ph.D.


“Kennan Conversation” Speaker

and Moderator David Plazas

The Tennessean Opinion Engagement Editor

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January 17, 2017

5:30 Check-in/Networking

6:00-7:30 pm – Program

at Belmont University

Frist Lecture Hall, Inman (IHSB)

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Free but Registration Requested

This event is part of the “Kennan Conversations” program of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute. The Kennan Conversation program brings top experts on Russia and the region to cities across the United States, so that local audiences have the opportunity to listen to and engage with them and learn more about this increasingly important part of the world.

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Dr. Katz’ Dec 31 Article – “Can Putin and Trump Succeed at Improving Russian-American Relations?

Additional Background Information – Kennan Institute

This program counts toward credit for the Tennessee HS Global Scholars Certificate

Review articles and reports relevant to our Town Hall conversation on the challenges ahead for POTUS 45.

professor_mark_katzMark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, and a non-resident fellow at The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

Katz was born and raised in Riverside, California.  He earned a B.A. in international relations from the University of California at Riverside in 1976, an M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1978, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982.

Before starting to teach at George Mason University in 1988, he was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (1980-81), held a temporary appointment as a Soviet affairs analyst at the U.S. Department of State (1982), was a Rockefeller Foundation international relations fellow (1982-84), and was both a Kennan Institute/Wilson Center research scholar (1985) and research associate (1985-87). He has also received a U.S. Institute of Peace fellowship (1989-90) and grant (1994-95), and several Earhart Foundation fellowship research grants.

He has been a visiting scholar at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (Riyadh, May 2001), the Hokkaido University Slavic Research Center (Sapporo, June-July 2007), the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, March 2010), and the Middle East Policy Council (Washington, DC, September 2010-January 2011).

David Plazas is the Opinion Engagement Editor for The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network of 107 publications nationwide with nearly 4,000 journalists. He serves as editorial writer, a columnist and editorial board member. He arrived in Nashville in November 2014 and previously worked at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida, as a digital editor, opinion editor, Spanish-language community weekly editor and reporter, predominantly covering K-12 and higher education. [more]

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