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Russia-China Relations:

Recent Trajectory, Implications, and Outlook


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Thursday, March 23, 2017
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, City View Room, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20052


Audio of the event can be found here.


Prompted by growing common interests, opposition to U.S. pressure and perceived decline of the West, the Russian-Chinese relationship has advanced markedly in ways that challenge the United States. While not a formal alliance, the relationship has gone well beyond the common view a decade ago that Russian-Chinese ties represented an “axis of convenience” with limited impact on U.S. interests.

This event will feature a presentation by Professor Robert Sutter (Elliott School of International Affairs) on the preliminary findings of an in-depth examination that the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is conducting on the contemporary Russia-China relationship and its implications for U.S. interests. Immediately following this will be a discussion of issues and recommendations by expert commentators on the implications of Russia-China relations for U.S. national security interests, U.S.-China relations, U.S.-Russia relations, and for Japan and Northeast Asia (see agenda below for details). Following this will be a Q&A session, providing ample time for audience members to offer their insights and recommendations.


Sino-Russian Cooperation: Findings, Implications and Outlook
Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW


China's Perspective on Russia-China Relations and Implications for China-US Relations
Yun Sun, Senior Associate, Stimson Center


Russia's Perspective on Russia-China Relations and Implications for U.S.-Russia Relations
Henry Hale, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW


Russia-China Cooperation, U.S. National Security and the Intelligence Community
Paul Heer, former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Office of the Director for National Intelligence


The Implications of Sino-Russian Cooperation for Japan and U.S.-Japan Relations
Michael Yahuda, Professor Emeritus, the London School of Economics; Visiting Scholar, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies


Moderated by:

Tiffany Ma, Senior Director for Political and Security Affairs, NBR



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