RAND experts discuss the upcoming Biden-Putin summit


Media are invited to take part in a phone call with RAND experts Samuel Charap, Todd Helmus, Dara Massicot and William Courtney about the prospects for the upcoming summit between US President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Topics for discussion include tensions surrounding Ukraine, cyberattacks, regional stability issues, dealing with political opponents and economic sanctions, all of which are likely to emerge during the first face-to-face meeting between the two world leaders.


12:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Further information on the speakers:

Samuel Charap

Charap is a senior political scientist specializing in US-Russia relations, arms control, and the foreign policy of Russia and the former Soviet states. He used to work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Current media: The New York Times, Washington Post
Current Commentary: War on the Rocks

Todd Helmus

Helmus is a senior behavioral scientist specializing in communication, disinformation, and terrorism. His recent work focuses on ways to counter Russian disinformation campaigns in the United States.

Current media: Forbes, Reuters

Dara Massicot

Massicot is a senior polity researcher and former senior Russian military capabilities analyst with the Ministry of Defense. She specializes in Russian military strategy and security issues in Russia and Eurasia.

Current media: The Economist, Forbes

William Courtney

Courtney is Executive Director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum, Adjunct Senior Fellow at RAND, and a retired US Ambassador and former State Department official with expertise in international affairs and Russia.

Current media: VOA Russia, The Dallas Morning News, Sky News Australia
Current comment: The National Interest, The Hill, Los Angeles Times

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