The international context for U.S. policy toward Russia has changed fundamentally from the 1990s. Russia itself also poses a dramatically different challenge. The combined effect of this dual transformation requires significant adjustments in the U.S. approach toward Russia.
Robert Legvold discusses a new initiative of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to formulate a comprehensive, coherent and integrative U.S. policy toward this global superpower.
Gloria Duffy is President and CEO of The Commonwealth Club of California.
Gloria Duffy previously served as US Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration. Her mission was to convince the countries of the former Soviet Union to give up their weapons of mass destruction, and to prevent the spread of their nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and material.
In years prior, she was the first Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund, a public charitable grant making foundation in San Francisco; Assistant Director of the Arms Control Association, a public interest group in Washington, DC; editor of Arms Control Today, and a resident consultant at the RAND Corporation.
A San Francisco native, Dr. Duffy holds M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University in New York, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Gloria has also worked with the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, and been a member of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation since 1980.
Robert H. Legvold is professor of political science at Columbia University and a member of the Executive Committee of Columbia's Harriman Institute. He received his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1967, specializing in Soviet foreign policy.
His primary interest is in the international relations of the post-Soviet regions and their impact on the international politics of East Asia and Western Europe. From 1978 to 1984, Legvold served as director of Soviet Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and was then appointed as director of The Harriman Institute.