There is no consensus among Americans as to whether Russia is a friend or foe. During the Cold War, most Americans believed that the Soviet Union was a foe and our foreign policy and military strategy reflected this. However, today there is a growing divide in America mostly along partisan lines on whether Russia shares our interests or not. This is due, in part, to our own questioning of America’s role in the world. Could Russia be both America’s friend and foe? If so, what does American foreign policy look like? Gaining consensus on where we stand in relation to today’s Russia is critical to our nation’s future.
Dr. Stacy Closson has over 15 years of experience as a policy analyst, researcher, consultant, and professor. She has worked in the US government, think tanks in the U.S. and Europe, and in academic institutions in London and Lexington. She has a doctorate in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
At present, she is a non-resident Global Fellow with the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute in Washington, DC speaking and writing globally on Russian foreign policy.
In Bismarck, Dr. Closson is a fellow with ThinkND using a Bush Community Innovation Grant to enhance conflict resolution skills among youth. She also guest lectures at UTTC on the nexus of energy security, environmental law, and social justice. Dr. Closson’s newest book with MIT press is 'Energy, Economic Growth, and Geopolitical Futures: Eight Long-Range Scenarios.' Learn more about Dr. Closson on Wilson Center and ThinkND.
All Think&Drink Sessions Facilitated by: Elizabeth Sund
Elizabeth Sund earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Monash University, located in Melbourne Australia. Elizabeth and her husband moved home to Minot to raise their daughter closer to family and friends. She is currently the International Student Coordinator at Minot State University.
As a board member of the HND, Elizabeth loves fostering an atmosphere of life-long learning in North Dakota.