New Approach or Business As Usual? US-EU-Russia Relations After Putin’s Crackdown


 
                    
New Approach or Business As Usual?
US-EU-Russia Relations After Putin’s Crackdown

 
 
WELCOME REMARKS AND INTRODUCTIONS:
 

Congressman James McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Guy Verhofstadt, Leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament; former Prime Minister of Belgium

PANEL 1: PUTIN’S CRACKDOWN: A VIEW FROM MOSCOW

Panelists:

Ludmila Alekseeva, Chairperson of the Moscow Helsinki Group

Mikhail Kasyanov, Co-chairman of the Republican Party of Russia-People's Freedom Party; former Prime Minister of Russia

Dmitri Gudkov, Member of the State Duma (Parliament) of the Russian Federation; one of 8 who voted against the ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans

Moderator: David Kramer, Freedom House

PANEL 2: SHOULD THE WEST RESPOND - AND HOW?
 

 

Opening Remarks: Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Panelists:

Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament

Kristiina Ojuland, Member of the European Parliament; former Foreign Minister of Estonia

Lilia Shevtsova, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment

Moderator: Ellen Bork, Foreign Policy Initiative

Closing Remarks: Pavel Khodorkovsky, President of the Institute of Modern Russia


About the Foreign Policy Initiative

FPI is a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. FPI seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America's global economic competitiveness. The organization was founded in 2009 and is led by Executive Director Christopher Griffin. FPI’s Board of Directors consists of Eric Edelman, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, and Dan Senor. Visit our website at www.foreignpolicyi.org for more information.

About Freedom House
 
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world. We believe that freedom is possible only in democratic political environments where governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed. Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women.  We support non-violent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and promote the right of all people to be free. Visit our website at www.freedomhouse.org for more information.

About the Institute of Modern Russia

The Institute of Modern Russia is an organization whose mission is to support democratic values and institutions in the Russian Federation by engaging with civil society, bolstering the rule of law, and strengthening political freedoms through grant-making and partnerships with other non-profit organizations, particularly in the United States. Visit our bilingual website at www.imrussia.org for more information.

 

Mission Statement

The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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