US-Russia Relations in the Trump Era

America Abroad
A woman passes by graffiti depicting the Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and US President Elect Donald Trump in a suburb of Belgrade, Serbia

Soon after President Obama took office his administration attempted a 'reset' in America's relationship with Russia. But eight years later relations between the two countries have deteriorated to new lows, including allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Donald Trump's stunning victory has led to expectations of a dramatic change in the relationship between the two countries. But strong bipartisan resistance has emerged from Congress, and there are growing pressures for the United States to push back against Russia's advances abroad and its efforts to affect American politics.

In this hour of America Abroad, we look at the state of the US relationship with Russia. We explore Russia's use of cyberspace and propaganda, Vladimir Putin's domestic political strategy and how it shapes Russia's foreign policy, and Russia's relationship with NATO.

How will America's relationship with Russia change under the Trump presidency? What are the prospects for greater cooperation, or greater confrontation? Find out more on this episode of America Abroad.

Guests include:

Leon Aron: Director of Russian Studies, American Enterprise Institute.

William Courtney: Special assistant to President Clinton for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Currently adjunct senior fellow, Rand Corporation.

Anne Garrels: NPR’s former Russia correspondent and the author of Putin Country: A Journey Into the Real Russia.

Jeffrey Gedmin: Nonresident Senior Fellow, Future Europe Initiative, Atlantic Council

Andrei Illarionov: Former economic advisor to Putin. Senior fellow, Cato Institute.

Nina Khrushcheva: Professor of International Affairs, The New School.

Kevin Klose: Washington Post’s Moscow Bureau chief from 1977 to 1981. Currently teaches journalism at the University of Maryland.

Jim Ludes: Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.

Will Pomeranz: Deputy Director, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Wilson Center.

David Satter: Former Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

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