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U.S.-Russia relations expert coming for Hot Topics talk in Edwards

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Edwards CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyRose Gottemoeller

EDWARDS, Colorado ” The Vail Symposium will present a discussion on the relations between the United States and Russia by Rose Gottemoeller on Monday at the Chapparal in Edwards. This talk marks the second lecture of the Symposium’s Winter Hot Topics series.

The crisis in Georgia this summer revealed the failure by the United States and Russia to create a closer working relationship after the Cold War. With both countries now in presidential transition, the potential for new misunderstandings and tensions grows even greater. As Gazprom, one of the world’s largest energy companies, gains power and is lead by former Russian President Vladimir Putin, continued resurgence of Russian leadership in the world is eminent.

Just this week, the New York Times offered the theory that Russia encouraged Krgystan to close its American air base by offering them more than $2 billion in loans and grants. This shift could cause a serious setback to the new administration’s desire for stability in Afghanistan. Furthering the tension between the two countries, Russia wants concessions from Obama on planned missile defense facilities in the Czech Republic and Poland, revamped security structures in Europe and re-negotiation of the arms treaty.

Gottemoeller, an expert on defense and nuclear issues in Russia and the other former Soviet states, will describe U.S.-Russian cooperative and inflammatory relations from nuclear energy, to nonproliferation and arms control, to threats to Europe including modern day pirates in Somalia, and to terrorism and war in Afghanistan.

Gottemoeller is the Moscow Center Director at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, Gottemoeller was deputy undersecretary for defense nuclear nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to the energy department, Gottemoeller served for three years as deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 1993 to 1994, she served on the National Security Council in the White House as director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia affairs.

She has taught Soviet military policy and is currently teaching Russian security in Eurasia at Georgetown University.

What: Talk on U.S.-Russia relations

When: Monday; meet and greet from 5:30 to 6 p.m.; lecture from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Where: Chaparral, Edwards

Cost: $25 or $20 Symposium donors; includes complimentary appetizers and cash bar.

Reservations recommended.

More information: Call Vail Symposium 970-476-0954 or sign up at http://www.vailsymposium.org

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