Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Foreign Policy Project will hold a timely forum on U.S. Relations with Russia on Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 8:30am – 10:00am. As Vladimir Putin returns to power and the country takes a seat at the World Trade Organization (WTO), bilateral ties remain strained despite efforts to “reset” the relationship. Relations with Russia are central to U.S. strategic interests. BPC believes future U.S. policy towards Russia should aim to advance common goals and work to resolve the issues that divide the two countries. With Russia entry into the WTO, the U.S. will be at a political and commercial disadvantage unless it graduates Russia from the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which would grant Russia permanent normal trade relations status. During the forum, the project will discuss its recently released paper on the subject.
- Secretary Don Evans, Co-Chair, BPC’s Russia Initiative; former Commerce Secretary
- Assistant Secretary Phillip Gordon, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
- David Kramer, President, Freedom House
- Stephen Sestanovich, George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
- Jonathan Ruhe, Senior Policy Analyst, BPC
BPC Foreign Policy Project’s Breakfast Discussion on U.S.-Russian Relations
Thursday, March 15, 8:30AM-10:00AM
Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
PRESS WISHING TO ATTEND, PLEASE RSVP TO: JDONNELLAN@BIPARTISANPOLICY.ORG.