World Russia Forum, April 27-28, 2009!
This year, for the first time, Discovery Institute is teaming with the American University in Moscow to jointly sponsor the 28th Annual World Russia Forum in Washington, D.C. The conference, titled "America and Russia: New Leadership, Challenges, Chances" will be held on April 27-28, 2009. For more information, early registration, and a preliminary agenda, please visit Forum's new and improved website: www.WorldRussiaForum.org.
As Barack Obama settles into the White House, everyone is asking the same question: "Will the change that he promised actually materialize?" But at least one thing is for certain: The challenges before the new U.S. president--both foreign and domestic--are daunting.
We at the World Russia Forum are particularly interested in President Obama's approach to Russia. While it is still extremely early in the 44th president's term, we have reason to feel encouraged. Presidents Obama and Medvedev have already agreed on the need to stop the "drift" in U.S.-Russia relations. In April, the two leaders plan to hold bilateral talks while in London for a scheduled Group of 20 summit. The Kremlin says the two sides have agreed to do "everything in their power to restore Russia-America relations to their full potential." For those of us concerned about U.S.-Russia relations, this is good news indeed. But actions always speak much louder than words. And we hope that these words and gestures will be followed by deeds.
Going forward, Washington and Moscow will need all the help they can get, not only from government officials, but from the expert community, business leaders, and the public. You can help. And you can be involved. Please join us in April on the Hill, to discuss the critical relationship between these two important nations. For two days, you'll have the chance to interact with experts, and to hear and discuss specific proposals from leading American and Russian political leaders, businessmen, experts, and scholars on how to reset course from confrontation to strategic partnership and alliance.
We hope you'll join us for the 28th annual World Russia Forum--the premier conference of its kind. We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to Washington!
President, American University in Moscow
Director, Discovery Institute's Real Russia Project