Russia, China, and the US: From the Great Game to Cooperation in Central Asia?
This session, part of the Carnegies day-long program of events to launch its New Vision, examines the national interests and strategies of the U.S., Russia, and China in the region.
Has a new Great Game taken shape? What kinds of competition and what degree of cooperation can be expected? How will political and social dynamics within Central Asia affect the plans of the great powers?- The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Amb. James F. Collins
Ambassador James F. Collins was appointed the Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program of the Carnegie Endowment in January of 2007. He is an expert on the former Soviet Union, its successor states, and on the Middle East.
Ambassador Collins was the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1997 to 2001. Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment, he served as Senior Advisor at the public law and policy practice group Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, L.L.P.
Andrei Grozin is Head of the Department of Central Asia and Kazakhstan at the Institute for Diaspora and Integration (the Institute of CIS Countries) in Moscow, Russia.
Zhao Huasheng is Director of the Center for Russian and Central Studies, Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
Martha Brill Olcott
Martha Brill Olcott is a senior associate with the Russian & Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.
Olcott specializes in the problems of transitions in Central Asia and the Caucasus as well as the security challenges in the Caspian region more generally. She has followed interethnic relations in Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union for more than 25 years and has traveled extensively in these countries and in South Asia.
Dmitri Trenin is Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center where he is co-chair of the center's Foreign and Security Policy Program. He is also a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of Getting Russia Right.
Dr. Trenin has written extensively on Russia's challenges in its relations with the West. His recent works have included Russia: Back to the Future (2006), Russia Leaves the West (2006) and Russia Redefines Itself and Its Relations with the West (2007).
Trenin received his Ph.D from the Institute of the USA and Canada in 1984, and had previously served in the Soviet and Russian Armed Forces with experience as a liaison officer in the External Relations Branch of the Group of Soviet Forces. He was a member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear weapons talks in Geneva from 1985-1991. From 1993-1997 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome, and at the Institute of Europe in Moscow.
Sun Zhuangzhi is Director of the Central Asian Department at the Institute for East European, Russian and Central Asian Studies, and Secretary-General of the Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.