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The Legacy and Consequences of Jackson-Vanik

The Legacy and Consequences of Jackson-Vanik:
Reassessing Human Rights in 21st Century Russia

Cosponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Woodrow Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC


During the Cold War, the United States and the West used the issue of human rights as a platform to question the policies and ultimately the legitimacy of the Soviet Union. One aspect of that strategy was the Jackson-Vanik amendment to the 1974 Trade Act, which denied normal trading relations to non-market economies that restricted emigration rights. The amendment was particularly targeted to the Soviet Union�s practice at the time to deny Jews permission to emigrate. 

Nearly 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union and the emergence of an independent Russian state, the Jackson-Vanik amendment remains in force against Russia, even though Russia has been declared a market economy by the United States and it no longer restricts emigration. 

This conference will explore the history, legacy, and lessons of the enactment and life of the Jackson-Vanik amendment.

Please follow this link for the conference agenda and to RSVP (required).

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