Can the Kremlin fix its economy while maintaining its well-regarded macroeconomic stability? Will Putin’s new term as president lead to policies that revitalize Russia, or is the country stuck with many more years of economic stagnation and political repression?

These were among the questions that Chris Miller and Martin Gilman sought to answer during a special panel hosted by Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) this Thursday and moderated by DMGS-Kennan Institute Fellow, Dr. Yuval Weber. The Foreign Policy Research Institute co-sponsored this special event and the reception afterwards, where DMGS visitors, faculty, and guests were able to discuss the future of the Russian Political economy and other issues raised during the panel discussion.

National Security Lecture Series at DMGS

The Daniel Morgan Graduate School Lecture Series is specifically designed to bring together speakers with divergent opinions on national security with the goal of enabling the public to engage in robust and informed discussions. It has hosted some of the most distinguished and influential leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of the national security community. These members of the national security community have provided our students, faculty, and guests with first-rate analysis of some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Daniel Morgan Graduate School will continue to host speakers who can help prepare the next generation of leaders, scholars and, practitioners to develop actionable solutions to global and domestic security challenges.

Speaker Bios

Martin Gilman is Professor of Economics and Advisor to the Rector at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow since he retired from the International Monetary Fund after 25 years in 2006. From June 1993, Gilman was the advisor from the IMF policy department on the negotiating missions in Russia, and then moved to Russia in November 1996 as head of the IMF’s Moscow Office. He returned to Washington in 2002 as Assistant Director in the policy department where he was responsible for sovereign debt issues and was the IMF’s representative to the Paris Club. He is the author of the book, No Precedent, No Plan: Inside Russia’s 1998 Default (MIT Press). He attended the University of Pennsylvania, Sciences Po (Paris), SAIS, and received his PhD from the London School of Economics.

Chris Miller is Assistant Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also the Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Eurasia Program. His research examines Russian history and political economy. He is the author of Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia (2018) and The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR (2016). He received his PhD from Yale University and his BA from Harvard University.


Ronald A. Marks, M.A.

Yuval Weber, Ph.D., is Daniel Morgan Graduate School’s inaugural DMGS-Kennan Institute fellow. Most recently, Dr. Weber taught at Harvard University, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department on Government and a Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Research Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. His work has appeared in Problems of Post-Communism, International Studies Review, Survival, Cold War Studies, Orbis, and the Washington Post.