Program Details

The Russian-American Paradox

Jeffrey Steinberg

Course Description

From today's vantage point, it is hard to imagine that for more than 150 years, the United States and Russia were allies. Under Catherine the Great, Russia played an important role in the victory of the American Revolution. President Lincoln forged a close personal relationship with Russia's Czar Alexander II, which was critical in winning the Civil War. Economic ties bound the U.S. and Russia up through the early decades of the 20th century, even after the Bolshevik Revolution. This untold history is vital to see a path forward in American-Russian relations that at least minimizes the danger of war. Over four weeks of lecture and discussion, we will look back at this history to find a way forward. Space is limited.


  1. The League of Armed Neutrality and the American Revolution
  2. 19th Century American-Russian Collaboration
  3. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and the Path to Detente
  4. Looking to the Future of American-Russian Relations

About the Instructor

  • Jeffrey Steinberg, M.A. is an Adjunct Professor at Frederick College (Frederick, MD) in Institute for Learning in Retirement. Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University Academy. I have been teaching for the past seven years in lifetime learning programs. I have taught full semester course and single lectures. BA Rutgers University in Political Science, MA Montclair State University in Social Science Research. Executive VP PTB Global Advisors (currently) a small business consulting firm with Japanese clients.