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Session 5: Sunday June 30th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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Reading List: 
Jeremy Kuzmarov and John Marciano, The Russians are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce; Peter Kuznick and Oliver Stone, the Untold History of the United States
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This panel aims to provide critical analysis of Russia Gate and the onset of a new Cold War with Russia. The left has not been vocal enough in protesting the Trump administration's pull out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty which was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 outlawing short and medium ranged ground-launched cruise missiles. The Trump administration has also stated that it does not plan to renew the 2011 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) limiting the development of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and nuclear warheads. These decisions threaten to trigger a dangerous new arms race and increase the prospect of nuclear war. Russia Gate has had the effect of whipping up public hysteria about Russia and dividing the political left. In a recent poll, 52 percent of Americans considered Russia to be a critical national security threat, compared to just 23 percent in 2003. This panel seeks to provide critical analysis while encouraging the audience to join with us in building a movement on the left that favors revitalizing arms control treaties and promotes peaceful cooperation with Russia.


Jeremy Kuzmarov is author of four books on U.S. foreign policy including The Russians are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce, with John Marciano (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2018).

Ron Ridenour is author of The Russian Peace Threat: Pentagon on Alert (New York: Pinto Press, 2018).

Priya Reddy is a political activist, journalist and filmaker.

Peter Kuznick teaches at American University and is author of The Untold History of the United States, with Oliver Stone.