For Immediate Release: July 16, 2001
Contact: Julie Shaw, 202-939-2211

Carnegie Hosts Major International Conference to Mark 10-Year Anniversary of Collapse of Soviet Union

"Russia?Ten Years After":
Transcripts and Webcast Now Available

The Carnegie Endowment?s Russian and Eurasian Program hosted a major, international conference, entitled "Russia?Ten Years After," to mark the 10-year anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over 200 high-level officials, policy experts, academics, journalists and others examined the nearly 10 historic years since the founding of the Russian Federation in December 1991 and discussed the core issues that have shaped Russia?s social, economic, and political development over the last decade and to consider its evolving role in the world. The transcripts and webcast of all sessions are now available at: http://www.ceip.org/russia10years.

The June 7-9 conference, which occurred a week before President Bush and President Putin?s summit in Slovenia, featured prominent speakers from Russia, the United States, and elsewhere. They included Boris Nemtsov, leader of the Union of Right Forces; Andrei Illarionov, President Putin?s economic adviser; Strobe Talbott, former U.S. deputy secretary of state; Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. national security advisor; Vladimir Lukin, deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma; Yevgeny Kiselev, general-director of Moscow?s TV-6; Boris Fedorov, honorary chairman of the United Financial Group, Gazprom board member, and Sberbank supervisory board member; and many more. Highlights also included the participation of Sergei Grigoryants, a veteran human rights activist and head of the Glasnost Foundation in Moscow, who was temporarily detained by Russian authorities before traveling to Washington, DC for the conference.

"The Carnegie Endowment believes deeply that the future of Russia matters, and not just for Russians, but for the whole world," said Jessica T. Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment. "Obviously, Russia?s nuclear weapons make it important no matter what. But, far beyond that, its location in the world bridging Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, and northeast Asia makes it irreversibly important to international stability. And whether Russia can become a fully democratic and market-oriented country with a strongly rooted civil society will have a lot to say about the stability in that part of the world and the possibility for cooperative relations in these regions and globally."

To read the transcripts and watch the webcast, visit: http://www.ceip.org/russia10years.

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