U.S.–Russia Relations: Is This Cold War 2?

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Ruth K. & Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series

Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

U.S.–Russia Relations: Is This Cold War 2?

Presentation by Mark Medish and Ralph S. Clem

Moderated by Markus Thiel

Monday, April 17, 2017 | 2:30 PM | FIU MMC | CBC 233

Mark Medish is the CEO of The Messina Group International, a strategic consulting firm dedicated to global advisory services and investments. Mr. Medish was special assistant to President Bill Clinton during his presidential term, where he was a senior director on the National Security Council for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs. He also served as assistant secretary to the U.S. Treasury, among other senior official posts. During his career, Mr. Medish has held numerous leadership positions, including CEO of Guggenheim International and vice president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has extensive experience in international finance, economic development and security policy.

Ralph S. Clem is professor emeritus of geography and former director of the Center for Transnational and Comparative Studies at FIU, where he was a faculty member from 1974-2009. He is currently a research affiliate at the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses primarily on the electoral geography of states transitioning from authoritarian regimes to pluralist democracies, in particular Russia and Ukraine. He has held several prestigious fellowships, including those at the W. Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. He has a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Markus Thiel is associate professor in the Department of Politics & International Relations and director of the European and Eurasian Studies Program and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. His research interests include political sociology of European Union politics, nationalism and identity politics, and mixed methods research methodology. He has published several articles and book chapters in Transatlantic Monthly, Journal of Human Rights, Perspectives on European Politics & Society and the Journal of European Integration, among others. He authored The Limits of Transnationalism: Collective Identities and EU Integration and co-edited several volumes, including Diversity and the European Union, Identity Politics in the Age of Globalization, and European Identity and Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging.

Co-sponsored by

European and Eurasian Studies Program

Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence

Department of Politics and International Relations

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