Russia, the US, and Europe in the Age of Trump

EAST Public

12Oct2017 18:00 - 20:00


In recent years, Russian foreign policy has caused no small consternation among western analysts, with some insistently talking about a “New Cold War.” The United States and Russia, in particular, seem to oscillate between promises of cooperation and increasing tension. Closing in on a year after the election of Donald Trump and the centenary of the Russian revolution, we gather three experts to discuss the state of Russian – American relations and what they mean for Europe.

About the speakers

  • Vladislav Zubok is Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, where he teaches on the Cold War, the Soviet Union, Stalinism, and Russia’s intellectual history in the 20th century. His most recent books are The Idea of Russia: The Life and Work of Dmitry Likhachev (2017), A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (2007) and Zhivago’s Children: the Last RussianIntelligentsia (2009). His books have earned the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Marshall Shulman Prize of the American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies. Professor Zubok received numerous grants from the McArthur Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York, and recently from the Yeltsin foundation and the Russkii Mir foundation.


  • Jussi Hanhimäki is Professor International History at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. His publications include International History of Terrorism: Western and Non-Western Experiences (London, 2013) and The Rise and Fall of Détente: American Foreign Policy andthe Transformation of the Cold War (Washington, D.C., 2013). His bookThe Flawed Architect: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy (New York, 2004) was awarded the Bernath Lecture Prize by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.


  • Hella Rottenberg is a journalist. She graduated with a degree in Russian studies from the University of Amsterdam, worked as a correspondent for the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant in Prague and Moscow, and is co-founder of the digital platform Window to Russia (


  • Artemy M. Kalinovsky (moderator) is Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the UvA. He is the author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Harvard University Press, 2011) and Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan (Cornell University Press, 2018), as well as the editor of a number of volumes on Cold War and Soviet history.  


About EAST Public

East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam has a long history as the premier center for expertise on the region. Founded in 1948 as the East European Institute in Amsterdam, it combined an educational mission with a program of research on history and current events beyond the “Iron Curtain.” The current faculty and researchers all have extensive experience conducting research on questions of politics, religion, conflict, language, memory, and economic development. Their work regularly appears in top academic journals, in the form of books with university presses and commercial publishers, and in the popular media within the Netherlands and abroad.

The East European Studies program currently offers BA and MA degrees. In addition, the group runs the EAST seminar with presentations of ongoing research by colleagues from around the world. From 2017, it will also organize policy-oriented discussions open to the public featuring members of our faculty and invited speakers.

See also our full schedule of EAST research seminars for fall 2017:

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