With tensions running high in Syria and Ukraine, the fraying of Cold War arms control agreements, and accusations of Russian meddling in the U.S. election, relations between Washington and Moscow are now more important than ever.
YPFP is excited to host Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, to discuss the challenges facing the future of U.S.-Russian relations. YPFP is proud to partner with The MASY Group and have Mr. Vangala Ram as our moderator for the evening.
Matthew Rojansky is an expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. He has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region.
From 2010 to 2013, he was Deputy Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. There, he founded Carnegie's Ukraine Program, led a multi-year project to support U.S.-Russia health cooperation, and created a track-two task force to promote resolution of the Moldova-Transnistria conflict. From 2007 to 2010, Rojansky served as executive director of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA).
Rojansky is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and serves as U.S. Executive Secretary for the Dartmouth Conference, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960. He has lectured at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Russia and Europe.
He is frequently interviewed on TV and radio, and his writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy.
For more information on the Wilson Center and Kennan Institute, check out their website here.
About Our Moderator, Vangala Ram
Mr. Ram, from the MASY Group, is currently a contract faculty member at the National Intelligence University (NIU), where he teaches a wide variety of graduate courses on Russia, Eurasia, globalization and advanced intelligence analysis, among other subjects.
He is a veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, where he served in nine overseas assignments, including four and half years in Russia--at Consulate-General St. Petersburg and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during the early Putin period.
Mr. Ram's graduate degrees are in international relations from Boston University and in National Security Resource Strategy from the National Defense University (Eisenhower School).
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Ram served for 10 years as an MI officer in the U.S. Army, both CONUS and OCONUS. He is a combat veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Mr. Ram's foreign languages include Russian, German, Arabic and Persian-Farsi. He is married to another FSO, who currently serves in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the Department of State.
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