Moscow – Washington Videoconference


Afghanistan after 2011: Russia’s view

On September 8, 2011 the team of PICREADI’s experts together with Moscow Carnegie Center participants join by live videoconference “NATO, Russia and Afghanistan after 2011.”

In June, President Obama announced that 10,000 U.S. soldiers will leave Afghanistan this year, with a final pullout planned for 2014. This change will have significant implications for Russia, which currently supports the transit of over fifty percent of vital supplies to NATO forces through Russian territory, and contributes to the Afghanistan mission in other ways.

“Next generation” U.S. and Russian policy experts will discuss how does Russia see the future in Afghanistan and how will Moscow address potential security threats such as incursions by armed militants into Tajikistan and increased drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Central Asia and Russia? What can the United States, NATO, and Russia do in cooperation to address these challenges even as troop levels decrease?

The goal of the meeting is to continue and extend this valuable format to enhance mutual Russian – American understanding on these questions, and reach other pressing issues.

The discussion will open with short comments from Natalia Burlinova, president of PICREADI in Moscow. As in the past we will proceed directly to an open discussion, and our working language will be English.

We look forward to seeing you. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to Marina Barnett ( or

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