Four Years of Sanctions: Assessing the Impact on the Russian Economy and Foreign Policy
Featuring a Keynote Address by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
In 2014, Russia experienced a deep recession as global energy prices precipitously dropped. But in 2018, the World Bank projects that Russia will experience GDP growth of around 1.7 percent and the Central Bank of Russia has effectively managed price stability. However, Russia is having to make painful budget choices and turning increasingly to China for infrastructure financing.
As Russia continues its military interventions in Eastern Ukraine and Syria, its malign influence operations across Europe and in the United States, and recently deployed a chemical weapon on NATO territory, it appears that four years of Western sanctions has not altered Russian behavior in its neighborhood and beyond. If anything, Russia has used Western sanctions as a domestic policy tool to nationalize industries while retaining access to the Western financial system. This half-day event will explore the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia and their impact on Russian foreign and security policy.
Please join the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy and the Europe Program on the afternoon of Monday, May 7 for two expert panel discussions exploring the impact of sanctions on the Russian economy and its foreign policy, followed by keynote remarks by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD). Moderated by:
Matthew P. Goodman
William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics, CSIS
2:30pm Panel Two: Sanctions and Russian Foreign Policy
Ambassador Kurt Volker
U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Department of State
Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS
Heather A. Conley
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program, CSIS
3:45pm Keynote Speech
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations