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Thomas Graham

December 5, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Magic City Books and the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations are proud to present an  in-person program with one of America’s preeminent experts on Russia, Thomas Graham, in celebration of his latest book, Getting Russia Right.

This free event will take place at The Synagogue|Congregation B’nai Emunah on Tuesday December 5 at 7:00 pm. Thomas Graham will be joined in conversation by Dr. Robert Donaldson, Director of the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations, past president of the American Committees on Foreign Relations and Trustees Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Tulsa, where he served as President from 1990-96.

As US-Russian relations scrape the depths of cold-war antagonism, the promise of partnership that beguiled American administrations during the first post-Soviet decades increasingly appears to have been false from the start. Why did American leaders persist in pursuing it? Was there another path that would have produced more constructive relations or better prepared Washington to face the challenge Russia poses today?

With a practitioner’s eye honed during decades of work on Russian affairs, Thomas Graham deftly traces the evolution of opposing ideas of national purpose that created an inherent tension in relations. Getting Russia Right identifies the blind spots that prevented Washington from seeing Russia as it really is and crafting a policy to advance American interests without provoking an aggressive Russian response. Distilling the Putin factor to reveal the contours of the Russia challenge facing the United States whenever he departs the scene, Graham lays out a compelling way to deal with it so that the United States can continue to advance its interests in a rapidly changing world.

Getting Russia Right is available now at Magic City Books and will be for sale at the event on December 5. You can also purchase a copy online at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/getting-russia-right/1819.

Thomas Graham is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has worked on Soviet and Russian affairs for the past 40 years in and out of government. He served as the senior director for Russia on the National Security Council staff during the George W. Bush administration and as a political officer at the American Embassy in Moscow for eight years just before and after the breakup of the Soviet Union. His writings on Russian domestic politics and foreign policy and US-Russian relations have appeared in Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, the New York TimesFinancial TimesWashington Post, and Wall Street Journal, as well as in leading Russian news media.


December 5, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Congregation B’nai Emunah
1719 S. Owasso Ave.
Tulsa, 74120 United States
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