What Russia Wants (and What It Means for America)
What does Russia want from the US, and vice versa? What accounts for President Vladimir Putin's longevity? Will there be a day when Putin is no longer in charge, and if so, what will that mean for the region, and, telescoping out, for the world?
As one of the world's foremost experts on Russian-American relations, Atlantic journalist Julia Ioffe is the ideal speaker to guide you through the true intentions and possible outcomes of Putin's actions, pushing beyond media portrayals to tell a nuanced story of geopolitics and national security. Ioffe's keynote gives a clear-eyed view of a complex situation, showing that Russia is a non-partisan issue that every American, whether Democrat of Republican, must think hard about, regardless of political affiliation.
Russian-American relations expert Julia Ioffe offers unparalleled insights on the future of foreign policy
Renowned journalist and Puck Media Founding Partner JULIA IOFFE is a leading authority on Russian-U.S. relations, offering a unique and sought-after perspective on the current conflict in Ukraine and the future of foreign policy. A profile for Bloomberg hailed the veteran journalist as “one of the most prominent, incisive and in-demand experts on the horrific conflict.” Ioffe’s area of expertise, built on years of in-depth reporting in Russia for publications that include The New Republic, acknowledges Russia’s threat against American democracy, while placing emphasis on the way the media, right and left, can both over- and-underestimate Russia’s strategic coherence and capabilities.
Ioffe is a regular guest on CNN, MSNBC, has provided analysis on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, HBO’s Overtime with Bill Maher, and for PBS’ Frontline. Recently, a crowd packed into the Comedy Cellar in New York to see her participate in a policy debate about whether the U.S. and NATO were responsible for the war in Ukraine. In her talks, as in her Atlantic cover story “What Putin Really Wants," Ioffe provides colorful, character-rich discussions of Russia’s socio-political structure, its tempestuous historical relationship with America, and how Russia will effect U.S. politics – and policy – moving forward.
Renowned journalist Julia Ioffe is on the ground floor of Puck – the next leader in media
Renowned journalist JULIA IOFFE is “a new and specific archetype of the 2022 media landscape,” as described in a profile for Bloomberg. Ioffe is a Founding Partner and serves as the Washington correspondent for the buzzy new media startup Puck, which offers more freedom than traditional publications to its roster of high-profile talent. Ioffe was an early addition to Puck’s line up, and has been a powerful draw for the young company given her prominence in the media as a Russian-U.S. relations expert. Puck is driven by subscriptions, and since early December Ioffe’s newsletter subscriber list has quadrupled. Puck Editor-in-Chief describes Ioffe this way: “She always represented that rare mix of graceful stylist, elegant humorist, and fearless journalist. And furthermore, she understood how Washington really worked—wide-grinned on the outside, sharp-elbowed on the inside—and wasn’t afraid to write about it like Jane Goodall in the political jungle.”
Julia Ioffe, correspondent at GQ Magazine, former staff writer at The Atlantic, and former Russian correspondent for The New Yorker, is a leading authority on Russian-US relations, showing us precisely what is at stake. Ioffe’s area of expertise, built on years of in-depth reporting in Russia for publications that include The New Republic, acknowledges Russia’s threat against American democracy, while placing emphasis on the way the media, right and left, can both over- and-underestimate Russia’s strategic coherence and capabilities. Ioffe’s talks provide a clear-eyed view of the situation, showing us that Russia is a non-partisan issue that every American, whether Democrat or Republican, must think hard about, regardless of political affiliation.
Born in Moscow, Ioffe’s family moved to America when she was seven years old. As a speaker, she conveys Russian-American relations from both sides with clarity and insight. In her talks, as in her Atlantic cover story “What Putin Really Wants,” Ioffe provides colorful, character-rich discussions of Russia’s socio-political structure, its tempestuous historical relationship with America, and how Russia will effect US politics (and policy) moving forward. As she writes in her story, “In the same way that Russians overestimate America, seeing it as an all-powerful orchestrator of global political developments, Americans project their own fears onto Russia, a country that is a paradox of deftness, might, and profound weakness—unshakably steady, yet somehow always teetering on the verge of collapse. Like America, it is hostage to its peculiar history, tormented by its ghosts.”
A graduate of Princeton University and a participant in Columbia Journalism School’s Knight Foundation Case Studies Initiative, Julia Ioffe won a Fulbright Scholarship to return to Russia in 2009, where she worked as the Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker magazine as well as Foreign Policy. In 2012, she became a senior editor for The New Republic in Washington D.C. before moving to The Atlantic to cover politics and world affairs.