George Herbert Walker Bush/Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Fall 2008
Professor at the School of Foreign Service and Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University
Angela Stent is an analyst par excellence of post-Soviet affairs with a keen intellectual temperament and the talent for addressing the key issues of the complex and often problematic relationship between Russia and the West. Currently the director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University, Stent has held positions at the US Department of State’s Office of Political Planning, and at the National Intelligence Council.
American Academy Project
Dueling Narratives: How the United States, Europe and Russia Interpret the Collapse of the USSR and the Rise of the Post-Soviet Era
At the Academy, Stent will focus on a book project entitled “Dueling Narratives: How the United States, Europe and Russia Interpret the Collapse of the USSR and the Rise of Post-Soviet Era.” The project will analyze what the West has learned from its involvement during and after the USSR’s collapse, raise the question of why ties are no less strained than in 1991, and make cautious predictions for the future.
In Russia, there are always two questions to ask when facing any problem: who is guilty, and what should we do about it? There is no doubt relationship between Russia and the West is at a distinct crossroad, particularly since the August war in the Caucuses. The war itself, which President Medvedev termed “our 9/11,” highlighted the fact that the US and Europe seek to deal with Russia and the “post-Soviet space” quite differently. Russia, it seems, may be a source of fissure between the US and Europe in the coming years if transatlantic dialogue on the country’s role is not initiated. »