Wednesday, June 6, 2012: Russian Cultural Center, 1825 Phelps Place, NW Washington, DC “We wish not to meddle with the internal affairs of any country…” – President Thomas Jefferson “Where ever the standard of Freedom ans Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benediction and her prayers. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is well wisher to the Freedom and Independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own!” – US Secretary of State John Quincy Adams You don’t set your own rules in someone’s house (в чужой монастырь со своим уставом не ходят) – Russian proverb 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. Please join the leading American and Russian experts in Washington on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 to discuss the role of NGOs, Public Diplomacy, and Media in formulating agenda for US – Russia cooperation. AGENDA Wednesday, June 6, 2012: Russian Cultural Center, 1825 Phelps Place, NW Washington, DC 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM with Lunch Break: Remarks by Round Table Participants Patrick Armstrong – Former analyst with Canadian Government William Dunkerley – Publishing Consultant Julia Fominova – Gorchakov Foundation Gordon Hahn – Center for Strategic and International Studies Eugene Ivanov – Russia Beyond the Headlines, The Ivanov Report James George Jatras – Squire Sanders Public Advocacy Anatoly Karlin – Da Russophile Blog Edward Lozansky – American University in Moscow and Kontinent USA Yuri Mamchur – Discovery Institute Sergei Markedonov – Center for Strategic and International Studies Alexei Pankin – Publishing Strategy and Practice Nicolai N. Petro – University of Rhode Island Anthony Salvia – American Institute in Ukraine Martin Sieff – Chief Foreign Correspondent, the Globalist Darren Spinсk – Global Strategic Communications Group 7.00 – 8.00 PM: Concert dedicated to A.S. Pushkin’s birthday 8.00 – 10.00 PM: Concluding Reception