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Jul 19

After the G-8: The Future Orbit of U.S.-Russian Relations

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

What are the outcomes and implications of the St. Petersburg G-8 Summit and the Bush-Putin meetings? The G-8 is dedicated to developing common approaches to international economic, financial, and political issues, such as open markets, civic freedoms, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, and regional stability. Yet questions remain among the original seven members as to whether or not Russia as G-8 President and a key player on Iran, non-proliferation, and energy shares these values.

Russia's political trajectory has taken its own distinct course, including - support for Iranian acquisition of nuclear technology; a proposed gas cartel with Iran; an increased role of government in business; restricting access of Western companies to the Russian natural resources; and monopolistic practices in international energy transit. Russia is expanding its strategic cooperation with China and Iran in the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which promotes its "multi-polar" agenda. And, Russia's importance to the international community - especially in the energy field - cannot be ignored.

After the July 15-17 G-8 and Bush-Putin summits, Western policymakers need to examine Russia's G-8 Presidency, its future role in the organization, and the effects of its own ambitious political and energy agendas on the G-8 Summit outcomes. Our distinguished expert panel will address these and other related questions.

More About the Speakers

David J. Kramer
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for
European and Eurasian Affairs,
U.S. Department of State

Andrew Kuchins, Ph.D.
Senior Associate and Director,
Russian and Eurasian Program,
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Angela Stent, Ph.D.
Professor and Director,
Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies,
Georgetown University, and
former National Intelligence Officer,
Russia and Eurasia

Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow,
Russian and Eurasian Affairs and
International Energy Security,
The Heritage Foundation

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