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RAND experts will discuss the upcoming Biden-Putin summit


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

Topics for discussion include tensions over Ukraine, cyber attacks, regional stability issues, treatment of political opponents and economic sanctions, which could arise during the first face-to-face meeting between the two world leaders.


12:30 PM ET, Wednesday, June 9, 2021


More information about the speakers:

Samuel charap

Charap is an experienced political scientist specializing in US-Russian relations, arms control, and the foreign policy of Russia and former Soviet states. He also served in the State Department.

Recent supports: The New York Times, Washington Post
Recent comment: War on the Rocks Rock

Todd Helmus

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

Recent media: Forbes, Reuters

Dara Massicot

Massicot is a senior policy researcher and former senior analyst for Russian military capabilities in the Department of Defense. She specializes in Russian military strategy and security issues in Russia and Eurasia.

Recent media: The Economist, Forbes

William Courtney

Courtney is executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum, senior adjunct member of RAND and retired US ambassador and former State Department official with experience in international affairs and Russia.

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


To schedule an interview, contact the RAND Media Relations Office:
(703) 414-4795 o
(310) 451-6913, or
send an email to media@rand.org.

Company Information on RAND

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities around the world safer, healthier and more prosperous.