Book Release: The Crisis with Russia


The Aspen Strategy Group has released its latest policy book, The Crisis with Russia, with chapters by leading American and international experts: Director of Harvard University’s Belfer Center Graham Allison, former US Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle, vice president of International Governmental Affairs for Ford Motor Company Stephen Biegun, former national security advisor Stephen Hadley, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger, Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Meghan O’Sullivan, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution Lilia Shevtsova, Director of Georgetown’sCenter for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies Angela Stent, and President of the Brookings Institution Strobe Talbott.

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In The Crisis with Russia, authors share their insights and analysis on how the crisis unfolded, what it means for Americans, and how the United States should respond. The book is the product of the nonpartisan Aspen Strategy Group meeting on Russia in August 2014. This book helps to decipher the crisis, place it in its larger European and global context, and suggest ways to defend American interests and preserve peace in Europe for the years ahead. The book examines the past while offering a collection of ideas and suggestions for the turbulent future ahead.

Successive chapters focus on the most important questions produced by this crisis:

  • Who is Vladimir Putin, and what is his strategic ambition in Europe?
  • How should the U.S. and Europe respond?
  • What are the long-term implications for global energy and economics, for peace in Europe, and for Russia’s relations with NATO, the European Union, and China?
  • What are the policy recommendations suggested to President Obama to manage and diffuse the crisis with Russia?

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The Aspen Strategy Group co-chaired by Brent Scowcroft and Joseph Nye, and directed by Nicholas Burns, draws on amembership of experts, both Republicans and Democrats. Many served in the most senior levels of our government. Others are leading journalists, academics, and business people. Aspen Strategy Group members represent the kind of thought diversity and energy that can make headway in addressing new foreign policy challenges. The Aspen Strategy Group began in 1984 as a forum to address arms control issues with the Soviet Union, and 30 years later, it is still charting a vital course for nonpartisan dialogue and strategy formulation. For more information, visit

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