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The 26th World Russian Forum
WASHINGTON, DC The 26th World Russian Forum was held on May 14, 2007 at the Dirksen Senate Office Building and the US Capitol, organized by The Eurasia Center and The Eurasian Business Coalition in cooperation with the American University in Moscow.
“This year's World Russian Forum, was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of established diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia, comes at a time of increasing tension in US-Russia relations," Edward Lozansky, Founder of the World Russian Forum. "This tension has potential negative consequences for both countries and for global security in general. Forum participants meet to generate ideas to reverse this dangerous trend.”
• The May 14 Forum panel discussions focused on: “Energy and Geopolitics; Is Russia the Energy Superpower?”; “Legal and Financial Aspects of Doing Business in Russia” – “Russia and WTO”; “U.S. - Russia Science and Technology Cooperation,” and “Is a Russian-American Strategic Partnership Possible?”
• May 15 panels highlighted: “Foreign Investments in Russia and CIS - Risks and Opportunities”; “Healthcare in Russia - Present state and goals for 2015”; Presentation of different “Projects and Ideas for U.S.-Russian Cooperation and U.S.”; and “Russian-American Educational and Cultural Cooperation”.
Some very important American and Russian leaders and specialists spoke during the conference: Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich addressed the Forum and spoke about the need for building better Russian-American relations. Nikita Belykh, Chairman, Union of Right Forces (SPS); Ariel Cohen, Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation; Stephen Cohen, author, New York University; Alexander Vassilenko, Lukoil; Thomas Graham, former director of the NSC's Russian Desk, presently with Kissinger McLarty Associates; Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Chairman, US-Helsinki Commission; Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman, Committee on International Relations, Duma; Andrew Kuchins, Director of Russian Programs, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Sergei Markov, Deputy Chairman of Public Chamber's Committee on International Relations; Thomas Pickering, Former US Ambassador to Moscow; Sergei Rogov, Director, Institute of USA and Canada, Russian Academy of Sciences; and Blair Ruble, Director, Kennan Institute for Russian Studies.
Ambassador James F. Collins was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Eurasia Center at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington.
James Billington, Librarian of Congress was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Eurasia Center at the Russian Cultural Center.
The Forum is an annual event since 1981. Its first agenda was a tribute to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Andrei Sakharov. After the collapse of communism, the main goal of the Forum became the search for new ideas for Russia's integration with the West and for the development and broad expansion of US-Russia cooperation in global security, business and commerce, science and education, and other key areas.
"Foreign Investments in Russia & CIS - Risks & Opportunities"
Robert Sherretta, Vice President of the Eurasia Center (far left).
James Billington (center), Librarian of Congress, receives The
Eurasia Center's Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Janco,
President of the Eurasia Center (far right), Dr. Hancock, Executive
Director (second from the right), and Vladislav Zhivulin, Director of
the Russian Cultural center (left).
From Monday, May 14 through Tuesday, May 15 2007 The Eurasia Center and its Eurasian Business Coalition worked closely with the annual World Russian Forum.
Established in 1991, the international forum has continued to offer a challenging agenda featuring new proposals forRussian-American business, science, security, educational, technology, and cultural cooperation. The speakers addressed current developments in bilateral relations, the world-wide war on terrorism, and democratic reforms.
Conference attendees to the Forum were key Russian leaders of: the Duma; researchers of high technology, medical, and science research laboratories; bankers; managers of numerous energy production, natural resources processing, and manufacturing concerns; representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working on the issues of democracy, transparent governance, and humanitarian development; along with reporters from major Russian media outlets.
Among the institutions of the higher learning present for the event were the representatives from the Columbia Business School, Georgetown University, Moscow State University, American University of Paris, George Washington University, and Amherst College.
The World Russian Forum has become the premier catalyst for open discussions and relationship building between Russia, America, and opinion makers of other European and Asian nations. Participants in the 2007 World Russian Forum were able to speak with members of the American Senate and House of Representatives along with officials of numerous American governmental agencies including the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Business, State, Homeland Security, and International Trade. Other beneficial relationships were initiated with American, Russian, and Eurasian leaders representing investment, banking, high technology, energy production, economic development, and humanitarian organizations.