Angela Stent – US-Russia Foreign Policy Expert

Angela Stent

Angela Stent serves as the director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University, where she is also a professor of government and foreign service. In addition, Angela Stent is a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and chairs the organization’s Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. Her areas of expertise include US-Russia relations, Soviet and post-Soviet foreign policy, and Russia-Europe relations. She has spoken on these topics in radio and television news appearances on the BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, CNN, and other prominent media outlets.

Angela Stent previously served as a national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia with the National Intelligence Council and additionally held a position in the Office of Policy Planning at the US Department of State. She continues to serve as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier in her career, Stent was a member of the senior advisory panel for NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, and a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy.

Insightful Research on Russia’s Political and Economic Landscape

As a researcher, Stent focuses on the triangular political and economic relationships that connect the United States, Russia, and Europe. In addition, she studies the role Russia plays on the larger global stage. Over the course of her career, Stent has published multiple books, book chapters, and articles on these topics, including The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century, which won the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Douglas Dillon Book Award as the best book on the practice of US diplomacy. Alongside her work as an author, she is a contributing editor for the journal Survival: Global Politics and Strategy and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Cold War Studies, Internationale Politik, and Post-Soviet Affairs.

Stent holds a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University and a master of science with distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She received a second master’s degree and her PhD from Harvard University.

The Limits of Partnership: A Seminal Book by Angela Stent

In 2014, Stent published The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century. This book lays out the challenges that have confronted the United States-Russia relationship after the Soviet collapse and the likely barriers to further cooperation in the future. Stent explains how the Cold War generated a deep mistrust between these two countries that several American presidents have attempted, but ultimately failed, to overcome. At the same time, Russia remains a priority for American politics because of its strategic geographic location linking Europe with Asia and its arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Angela Stent argues that the same problematic issues—including missile defense, the Middle East, and nuclear proliferation—have been present since the Soviet collapse, with little progress. Both Clinton and Bush relied on personal ties to Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin to improve relations, yet left office with relations at a low point. Obama restored ties only to be undermined by a Putin regime that was resentful of the United States’ position in the world and determined to restore Russia to power. Ultimately, The Limits of Partnership argues for a fundamental reassessment of the practices that drive relations between the two countries, in order to create a new path forward.

Angela Stent’s Latest Book: Putin’s World

Angela Stent - Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest

In early 2019, Stent released her newest work, Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest, which explores in greater depth many of the themes she identified in The Limits of Partnership. Putin has used disruption as a tool for restoring Russia’s power, and Stent’s book examines the motivations behind the country’s present-day actions. She situates Russia’s current politics within its long, turbulent history and dissects how the country understands its place on the global stage, including its belief that the West has continuously denied it a place among the world’s great powers since the Soviet collapse.

In the book, Stent examines how Russia has managed to play a weak hand and gain so much power due to the unique global political climate, including America’s ambivalence about being a superpower and the West’s struggles with domestic problems. Russia has largely broken ties with Europe, the United States, and NATO and has developed complicated relationships with Japan, China, and the Middle East. More than ever since the Cold War, Russia has emerged as a toxic issue in American politics, and many now view the country as a real threat. Stent acknowledges this position and teases apart the more complex processes that led to this point.

Other Important Books by Angela Stent

Outside of these two titles, Stent has published a number of other books. These publications include From Embargo to Ostpolitik: The Political Economy of West German-Soviet Relations, 1955-1980 and Russia and Germany Reborn: Unification, The Soviet Collapse and The New Europe.

Articles by Angela Stent