WORLD RUSSIA FORUM 2012
Please join the leading American and Russian experts to discuss the role of NGOs, Public Diplomacy, and Media in formulating agenda for US - Russia cooperation.
The current state of U.S.-Russia relations does not reflect their real potential, nor does it serve the vital national interests of the two countries. In a world where the United States and Russia face so many common threats and challenges, they all too often view each other more as a foe than a friend.
The roots of this animosity go back to the time of the Cold War with both countries being cast as inevitable opponents incapable of finding common ground on any issue. Even today, the United States and Russia are separated not only by history and culture, but also by their geopolitical goals and domestic priorities. Contributing to the problem is the shortage of direct communication between civil institutions and business groups interested in better relations between the two countries.
No two nations can ever achieve total harmony in their world views. This, however, should not prevent the United States and Russia from trying to develop a constructive working relationship. Closer U.S.-Russia cooperation is not only in the best interests of both countries but the history of the past 10 years also provides ample evidence that a coordinated U.S-Russian response to world challenges tends to reduce tension and produce positive results.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
10.00 AM Ц 5.00 PM with Lunch Break: Opening Remarks by Round Table Participants
Patrick Armstrong Ц former political counselor at Canadian Embassy in Moscow
William Dunkerley Ц Publishing Consultant
Julia Fominova Ц Gorchakov Foundation
Gordon Hahn Ц Center for Strategic and International Studies
Eugene Ivanov - Russia Beyond the Headlines, The Ivanov Report
James Jatras Ц Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Law Firm
Edward Lozansky Ц American University in Moscow and Kontinent USA
Sergei Makedonov - Center for Strategic and International Studies
Alexei Pankin Ц Publishing Strategy and Practice
Dmitry Petrov - writer
Anthony Salvia Ц American Institute in Ukraine
Martin Sieff Ц Chief Foreign Correspondent, the Globalist
Darren Spinks Ц PR Agency GSR
6.00 Ц 7.00 PM: Concert dedicated to A.S. PushkinТs birthday
7.00 Ц 9.00 PM: Concluding Reception