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May 11, 2017, 11:30 pm

Russia, Putin & the World Order

Columbus Museum of Art (Derby Court)

480 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Speaker: Honorable Lori Esposito Murray

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In recent months, the U.S.-Russia relationship has been at its most strained, some say, since the Cold War.  The world today is significantly different from the Cold War era, and evolving circumstances in places as far-reaching as Syria and North Korea hang in the balance against the backdrop of an uncertain future between Russia and the West.  As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues in his quest to position Russia as a key player in places such as the West Bank, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and Ukraine, the world watches as a new U.S. administration defines its foreign policy priorities on multiple fronts.  Twenty-six years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the nexus between these two countries once again dominates the world stage.

The Columbus Council on World Affairs invites you to join a dialogue about the current state of play in Russia, what we can expect from Russian President Vladimir Putin in his dealings with the United States and its allies, as well as possible scenarios for a changed world order.  What are the key factors influencing the U.S.-Russia relationship right now?  How do non-state actors such as ISIS impact the evolution of a new world order?  What does the alleged meddling by Russia in Western countries’ elections indicate about its capabilities and interests?  What are the risks and opportunities if the United States and Russia find a way to strengthen their ties?

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Honorable Lori Esposito Murray

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Council on Foreign Relations

Lori Esposito Murray is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Prior to joining CFR, she held the distinguished national security chair at the U.S. Naval Academy sponsored by the Class of 1960. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and president emeritus of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to educating and engaging the American public on global issues.

Throughout her career, Russia has been at the center of her government and academic work. 

Murray was special advisor to the president on the Chemical Weapons Convention during the Clinton Administration, where she participated in negotiations with the Russians on the implementation of the CWC and helped oversee the bipartisan approval of the convention. She is also the former assistant director for multilateral affairs of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency at the U.S. State Department, responsible for multilateral negotiations on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons issues, which involved working closely with the Russian delegations on these issues. 

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Murray coordinated the democracy programs for Russia and the newly independent states at the International Republican Institute in Washington, DC.  She also participated as an election observer in Russia during the election of Boris Yeltsin as president.

Murray’s congressional experience includes having worked for almost a decade as a senior legislative assistant on national security policy for Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-KS), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Her responsibilities included the full spectrum of foreign policy, defense, intelligence, and trade issues. 

Murray, as the professional associate to the National Academy of Science’s Committee of International Security and Arms Control, participated in Track II meetings with the then Soviet Academy of Sciences on a broad range of arms control and international security issues.

She also served as executive director of the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military and Related Issues, established by Secretary of Defense William Cohen. Subsequent to this position, Murray headed the U.S.-China Security and Economic Review Commission, a congressionally mandated commission that reports yearly to Congress on the economic and security issues regarding China.  She also served as a consultant to the president’s Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction and U.S. Intelligence Capabilities, established by President George W. Bush and as a consultant to ABC News.

Dr. Murray received her BA from Yale University and her PhD from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.