The United States and Russia are both Pacific powers. Their future prosperity and security depends to a significant extent on developments in the Asia-Pacific region. They are key actors in regional diplomatic processes and multilateral fora. Their militaries in the theatre have capabilities that no other state can match. Yet even before the recent downturn in US–Russia relations, there was scant regular bilateral government-to-government dialogue, let alone practical cooperation, on Asia-Pacific regional issues.
The discussion marked the launch of a report that was the product of over two years of Track II dialogue between Asia-Pacific experts from the two countries. The panel discussed US and Russian policy in Asia and detailed the report's recommendations. This event was on the record.
Dr Kurt Campbell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Asia Group, Chairman of CNAS and a Director for Standard Chartered Bank. From 2009–2013, he was Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Dr Vasily Mikheev is Deputy Director of the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences, with responsibility for the Institute’s work on the Asia-Pacific. He is the author of approximately 300 publications including seven monographs.
The meeting was chaired by Dr Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia and took place at IISS–Americas, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC 20037.
This event was made possible through the support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.