As protesters appear on streets in various parts of Russia and the country's economy continues to falter, it has become clear that the Russian political and economic system is unsustainable in the long run. However, little consensus remains among Russia experts on how to transform the system or on broader issues such as how the West can effectively reengage Moscow.
To highlight the divergent opinions on Russia's future path, Carnegie hosted a spirited discussion with three leading experts: Donald Jensen, Lilia Shevtsova, and Dmitri Trenin. Ambassador (Retired) James F. Collins moderated the event- Carnegie Endowment
Jim Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies - how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. Having invested over a decade of research into the topic, Jim has authored or co-authored four books, including the classic Built to Last, a fixture on the Business Week best seller list for more than six years, and has been translated into 25 languages.
His work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.
Donald M. Jensen, MD is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Liver Diseases at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is an expert in the diagnosis and management of liver diseases, particularly hepatitis C. He has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of viral hepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, and fatty liver syndromes, among others.
Lilia Shevtsova co-chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Project, dividing her time between the Carnegie offices in Washington, D.C. and Moscow.
Before joining the Endowment, she was deputy director of the Moscow Institute of International Economic and Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and director of the Center of Political Studies in Moscow.
She has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and at Cornell University, and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ms. Shevtsova is a member of the Council of the Russian Political Science Association; serves on the editorial boards of American Interest, Journal of Democracy, Pro et Contra and Demokratizatsiya.
Lilia Shevtsova is also professor of political science at the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs of the MFA of Russia; leading researcher at The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatam House, Great Britain); member of the Executive Board of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Great Britain); member of the Advisory Board of the Women in International Security organization; associate with the Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council; member of the Board of the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University.
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.