CISSM Global Forum | "Improving U.S.-Russian Relations"

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:15
Nancy Gallagher, Sergey Rogov, Catherine Kelleher, Rita Guenther

This week's CISSM Global Forum will involve a panel discussion between three Russia experts.





Nancy Gallagher is the Director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and a Research Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. She leads the Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security Program, an interdisciplinary effort initiated with John Steinbruner to address the security implications of globalization by developing more refined rules and systematic transparency arrangements to minimize the potential for deliberate or inadvertent misuse of powerful, multipurpose technologies. 

Gallagher is completing a book project on Strategic Logics for Arms Control, which explores what, if any, role legally binding agreements with major powers that are not allies should play in twenty-first century security policy by exploring both the arms control concepts that have dominated US policy debates during and after the Cold War and the political processes that have determined arms control outcomes. Her current research agenda also includes space and cybersecurity policy, US and Iranian public opinion about the nuclear deal, requirements for a large-scale global expansion of nuclear energy that does not increase risks from proliferation or terrorist access, and multi-stakeholder approaches to global governance. 

Before coming to the University of Maryland, Gallagher worked at the State Department and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. She was the Executive Director of the Clinton administration’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Task Force.  She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in History from Carleton College.

Sergey Mikhailovich Rogov is the Director of the Institute for the US and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Science (ISKRAN). He was worked for the Institute since 1976 and was appointed Director in 1995.

In 2000, Dr Rogov was appointed Dean of the School of World Politics and International Security at the State Academic University for Humanitarian Studies.  He is the Chairman of the International Security Commission of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Security Council of the Russian Federation; Member of the Advisory Council of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation; Advisor to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the State Duma of the Russian Federation; Vice Chair of the Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences; member of the Scientific Council of Federal Council of the Russian Federation; Member of the Board of the Russian Foreign Policy Association; President of the Russian Association for Canadian Studies; Member of the Presidium of the Russian Association for International Studies and member of the Board of the New Economic Association.

Catherine McArdle Kelleher has had a distinguished career both in academia and in government. She is a College Park Professor, University of Maryland at College Park, and  also holds a research appointment as Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University, and the honorary title of Research Professor Emeritus, U.S. Naval War College. She is a member of the Naval Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences. She was also named an honorary professor at the Free University of Berlin, and was a Senior Faculty Associate for 2004-2009 at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Geneva, Switzerland. She serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis in Washington.

Rita Guenther is a senior program officer at the National Academy of Sciences. Recipient of a Fulbright-Hays-Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, Guenther has worked on or led several cooperative U.S.-Russian and Indo-U.S. projects, including a joint U.S.-Russian workshop on the future of the nuclear security environment in 2015, a study on indigenization of Russian nuclear material protection, control and accounting programs, and Indo-U.S. workshops on science and technology for nuclear material security and on science and technology to counter terrorism. In addition, she has led several consensus studies, including joint studies with the Russian Academy of Sciences.  The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State has consulted her concerning reforms in Russian science. Guenther received the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine distinguished service award in 2007.  She speaks Russian fluently and holds a M.A. degree in Russian Studies and a Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University.

The CISSM Global Forum is held from 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm  in 1203 Van Munching Hall College Park, MD 20742. It is open to the public (no RSVPs required) and is supported by the Yamamoto-Scheffelin Endowment for Policy Research. For further information about the CISSM Global Forum contact