How deep will the Russian economic crisis be and how will it affect the country's economic and political development? What are the paths towards the country's modernization? What are the underlying causes for the rift in the U.S.-Russia relationship and how can the West effectively reengage with Moscow?
To highlight the divergent opinions on Russia's future path, possible Russian responses to the new U.S. administration and the likely direction of the relationship, on February 6, 2009, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, DC) hosted a spirited discussion titled “Is Russia Ready for Change?” with Dmitri Trenin and Lilia Shevtsova (Carnegie Moscow Center), joined by Donald Jensen (Johns Hopkins University).
James Collins moderated the event.