The Ukraine - Russia Crisis: The Impact on the US and China
Off-the-Record Briefing by Dr. Thomas McNaugher, Security Analyst & Director of Studies, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University
Tea/Coffee at 5:00 pm
Presentation at 5:30 pm
Close 6:30 pm
As Russian troops surround Ukrainian bases, the tense stand-off between the two countries continues. Hopes for a peaceful solution to the crisis were raised after ministers from the two nations reportedly began 'high level' talks, according to Ukraine's new Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk. These developments are unfolding on the heels of a collision of two world views in Europe and Asia. Russia and China come loaded with historical resentment regarding neighbors and borders, and a willingness to use traditional military instruments of power to secure their rightful place in the world. The US meanwhile brings a strong belief in the power of globalization to solve formerly insoluble problems. Join this off-the-record briefing by a veteran military analyst on the crisis which erupted following the disappearance of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, and how it will impact on the powers of Russia, the US and China.
Dr. Thomas McNaugher is Visiting Professor & Director of Studies at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University. He was previously a Senior Analyst at RAND and Director of its Center for Asia Pacific Policy. He has previously served as RAND’s Vice President for Army Research and Director of the RAND Arroyo Center, the Army's federally-funded research institute. Dr. McNaugher was formerly a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the editorial board of Joint Forces Quarterly. Dr. McNaugher served as an active duty Army officer from 1968 to 1975, including a tour as an advisor in the Republic of Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. As a mobilized Army Reservist, he participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, from 1990 to 1991. Dr. McNaugher graduated from the US Military Academy and received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.