Crosscultural Dialogues
are designed to bring students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in touch with their counterparts around the world and let the young men and women debate the questions of mutual interest.  Connected via Internet, students talk about international and local issues facing people in different countries, explore their differences, and identify points of agreement. The exchange is facilitated by civic culture and social science educators who identify discussion topics, help students formulate their positions, and teach them to look critically at the pressing issues of the day. The dialogue questions and student answers are posted on the site of the Center for Democratic Culture, UNLV organization promoting civic education and civility in public discourse through research, scholarly exchange, and community-based programs.  The first crosscultural dialogue addressed the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City that shook the United States on September 11, 2001, and the Nord-Ost Siege that lead to numerous casualties in Russia’s capital Moscow on October 10, 2002.  Excerpts from this dialogue can be found here: Dialogue on Terrorism:  9/11 & 10/23. This exchange was followed by the dialogues on the United Nations and Syria, Russian-Ameican Relations 1, Domestic Violence, and Same-Sex Marriage.  Now we offer a crosscutural dialogue on Russian-America Relations 2.

Dialogue on Russian-American Relations 2

In the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018, students from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, State University of St. Petersburg, Crimean State University, and Petrozavodsk State University took part in this dialogue. Questions to American and Russian students are given below, answers will be posted on this page.

Диалог о Российско-Американских Отношениях 2

Осенью 2017 г. и весной 2018 г. студенты Университета Невады в Лас Вегасе, Санкт-Петербургского государственного университета, Крымского федеральнного университета, и Петрозаводского государственного университета приняли участие в данном диалоге. Ответы американских и российских студентов будут опубликованы на этой странице.


For several years the relations between the Russian Federation and the United States have been deteriorating. The slide began when Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin lead their countries and continued after Donald Trump took over as the U.S. president. The Russians link the deterioration in bilateral relations to America’s failure to honor their country’s geopolitical interests and the imposition of economic sanctions on the Russian Federation. Americans cite the Russian interference in Ukraine and meddling in the American presidential election as prime reasons behind the rising tension between the two countries. We ask you to provide brief answers to the following questions:

1. What are the main causes behind the slump in Russian-American relations?
2. Does America ignore Russia’s legitimate interests in the world?
3. Was America responsible for the revolution in Ukraine?
4. Does the annexation of Crimea justify the imposition of sanctions on Russia?
5. Did Russia interfere in, and influence the outcome of, the American election?
6. What can be done to improve the Russian-American relations?
7. Is the improvement likely under the present leadership in two countries?


Отношения между Российской Федерацией и Соединенными Штатами ухудшаются на протяжении нескольких лет. Напряженность начала усиливаться во время правления Барака Обамы и Владимира Путина и сохраняется при президенте Дональде Трампе. Российская сторона связывает эту ситуацию с нежеланием Америки считаться с геополитическими интересами России и наложением экономических санкций на Российскую Федерацию. Американская сторона обвиняет Россию во вмешательстве в Украине и попытке оказать влияние на президентские выборы в США. Мы просим вас коротко высказать свое мнение по следующим вопросам:

1. Каковы причины ухудшения российско-американских отношений?
2. Согласны ли вы, что Америка игнорирует законные интересы России в мире?
3. Верно ли то, что Америка спровоцировала революционные события в Украине?
4. Насколько оправдано наложение санкций на РФ после присоединения Крыма к России?
5. Верны ли утверждения, что Россия вмешалась в президентские выборы в США и оказала влияние на их исход?
6. Как можно улучшить российско-американские отношения?
7. Насколько вероятно такое улучшение при сегодняшних лидерах в России и Америке?

Suggested Readings:

U.S.-Russia relations six months into the Trump administration.” Brookings. July 2017.
Russian-American Relations.” Embassy of the Russian Federations. August 2017.
The Russian-American relationship is no longer about Russia or America.” The Washington Post. July 2017.
A. Applebaum, “Trump: US-Russia relations are at 'dangerous low'”. BBC. August 2017.
D. Boffey, “Kremlin says new sanctions are sad news for US-Russia relations.” The Guardian. July 2017.
D. DePetris, “Salvage the U.S.-Russia relationship.” U.S. News and World Report. August 2017.
N. Tarabin, The future of Russian-American Relations (in Russian). June 2017.
The roadmap for Russian-American relations (in Russian). Russian Foreign Relations Council. 2017.
S. M. Samuilov, Trump’s foreign policy: campaign promises, contradictions, prospects of impeachment. U.S.A and Canada. August 2017.
N. M. Travkin, Anti-Russian sentiments in the USA: Evolutionary trends (in Russian). 2017

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* Crosscultural Dialogues is the program sponsored by the UNLV Center for Democratic Culture.  It brings students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in touch with their counterparts around the world and lets the young men and women debate the questions of mutual interest.  If you have an interest in this program, please contact the CDC board of directors: