America’s Strategic Dilemma: A Revisionist Russia in a Complex World

March 9, 2015 • 2:15 – 3:15 pm EDT

The Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy is pleased to invite you to a conversation with Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Adviser and current CSIS counselor and trustee. On March 18th, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an historic speech to the Russian Assembly which formally annexed Crimea and ushered in a new Russian chauvinistic policy of protecting ethnic Russians beyond Russia’s borders.  As a result, Russia’s relations with its European neighbors and American counterparts have descended to their lowest level since the Cold War. As the one year anniversary of this historic speech nears and as the conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine continues to spread claiming thousands of Ukrainian lives, it is time for the U.S. to re-think its reactive policy response to Russian actions and formulate a more durable and multidimensional policy approach which addresses the Kremlin’s hybrid and comprehensive toolkit of information, economic, political, energy, and military tools.  How significant is the threat Russia poses to the interests of the United States and its allies?  What are the key elements of a new American  policy?  Are the American people prepared for a long-term crisis with Russia?

Introduction By:

Dr. John Hamre
CSIS President, CEO, and Pritzker Chair

Remarks By:

The Honorable Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Ranking Member
Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Former National Security Adviser,
CSIS Counselor and Trustee

For further reading, please consider the following transcript of recent remarks by Dr. Brzezinski: "Formulating a New Foreign Policy Approach toward Russia"