On July 13, 2020, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) convened their fifth meeting since 2015, their first in a bilateral format. As U.S.-Russia relations continue to ebb toward a low point, and are seemingly worsened by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, continuing a dialogue with colleagues overseas is of paramount importance.
Having previously engaged in a recurring trilateral conference addressing relations among the U.S., Japan and Russia, the leadership of both the NCAFP and RIAC perceived a critical need to confront core issues in the U.S.-Russia relationship, and bring attention to them amid mutual unease. Comments and presentations by participants largely addressed three major themes: a definite state of confrontation between the U.S. and Russia; the question of shifting global polarity; and how the relationship can progress in the short term. Please click here to read the full report.