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ADVISORY: Reimagining Eurasia–Devising a Strategy for U.S. Engagement with the States of the Greater Black Sea Region and Central Asia
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ADVISORY: Reimagining Eurasia–Devising a Strategy for U.S. Engagement with the States of the Greater Black Sea Region and Central Asia

Please join the Center for American Progress for a special presentation:

October 20, 2010, 10:00am – 11:30am

Admission is free.

Introduction by:

Dr. Samuel Charap, Associate Director for Russia and Eurasia, Center for American Progress

Moderated by:

Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Post

Featured panelists:

Alexandros Petersen, Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Dr. Fiona Hill, Director and Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution and former National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia

The Hon. William Courtney, Former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan

With its Russia policy "reset," the Obama administration is increasingly turning its attention to the former Soviet states of Eurasia. Last month in New York, two of President Obama’s handful of bilateral meetings during the U.N. General Assembly were with his counterparts from Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. Earlier in the summer, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Ukraine and the three states of the South Caucasus. And a heads-of-state summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is set to take place in early December in Kazakhstan.

Despite the diplomatic flurry, questions linger about U.S. strategy in the region. Following an initial focus on ensuring the Eurasian states’ independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the past decade saw U.S. policy toward these countries devolve, becoming mired in outright U.S-Russia strategic competition. Although that competitive dynamic has diminished significantly over the past year and a half, a coherent alternative—that is, a clear articulation of U.S. interests, capacities, and policy objectives in the region—remains elusive. Please join the Center for American Progress for an event featuring leading experts and former U.S. government officials to discuss this important set of issues. The event builds on a recent article for Foreign Affairs by Charap and Petersen entitled, "Reimagining Eurasia."

October 20, 2010, 10:00am – 11:30am

Space is extremely limited. RSVP required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.

Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m.

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If you are a member of the press and wish to attend, please contact Anna Soellner at 202.478.5322 or via email at asoellner@americanprogress.org.

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