You are invited to join The Houston Seminar and the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston for a “Kennan Conversation” on Russia, its president Vladimir Putin, and Russian policies toward the United States and the rest of the world. This will be primarily a back-and-forth discussion with the audience rather than a lecture, so if there are things you’ve always wanted to know about Russia, this is your opportunity.
This event is part of the “Kennan Conversations” program of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. The Kennan Conversation program brings top experts on Russia and the region to cities across the United States, so that local audiences have the opportunity to listen to and engage with them and learn more about this increasingly important part of the world.
Our speaker, Dr. Sharyl Cross is Director of the Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward's University in Austin and Global Policy Scholar at the Kennan Institute Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.
Dr. Cross was Professor (2005-2013) at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany where she was Director of Academics for both the Program in Advanced Security Studies and Senior Executive Seminar, and served in key leadership capacities for the Marshall Center’s strategic outreach engagement initiatives in Russia, Eurasia and South East Europe. While residing in Germany, she routinely lectured on NATO-Russia security issues for courses at the NATO School in Oberammergau.
Prior to the Marshall Center, Dr. Cross had been appointed Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. She was a resident Senior Fulbright Scholar in Moscow serving on the faculty of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO) and Institute of USA and Canada Studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences.
She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a resident fellowship scholar and consultant at the RAND Corporation completing programs in Russian area and policy studies. She has published widely on US/NATO-Russia security Issues, Russian foreign policy, Southeast European security and security sector reform. She is currently completing her next book together with Dr. Paul J. Bolt of the US Air Force Academy entitled China, Russia, and Twenty First Century Global Geopolitics, under contract with Oxford University Press.