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Russian and American Current Perceptions and Implications for International Relations and Business
November 21, 2013; 8-10:30am

Event cost:

Members: $35

Non-Members: $40


Breakfast Seminar
Images of Each Other:
Russian and American Current Perceptions
and Implications for International Relations and Business

With USRCCNE General Editor Josh Wilson
and David Filipov, former Boston Globe correspondent in Moscow
Thursday, November 21, 8-10:30am
Harvard Club - Downtown, One Federal Street, 38th Floor, Boston, MA
Members: $35    Non-Members: $40

USRCCNE Following US-Russia relations is more difficult than it sounds. The western media give an unanimous voice to criticism of Russia, often choosing only the most damning news coming out of the country and reporting on it from a single narrative. For those of us with access to Russian news broadcasts, the story is not much better. Russian broadcast media often choose similar stories and narratives about the West. How can informed objectivity be maintained in this environment – and how can relations be improved when the views of both countries’ societies are being polarized? This is of particular interest to investors and businessmen – who often see relations as an important part of determining risk assessment when calculating their strategies.

About David Filipov: As Moscow bureau chief for the Boston Globe from 1996 to 2004, Filipov covered Russia's transformation from Communism, and reported from conflict zones in Chechnya, Afghanistan and Iraq. He went on to work as assistant Metro editor, and currently writes feature stories about a variety of topics throughout New England.

About Josh Wilson: Josh first came to Russia in 2003 as a student with The School of Russian and Asian Studies after earning an MA in Theatre and a BA in History from Idaho State University. He has lived in Moscow, Russia ever since. After working as an English teacher, writer, and translator, Josh was hired by The School of Russian and Asian Studies to assist in developing several new initiatives. Josh now manages the SRAS website, assists in program development and leads SRAS’s Translation Abroad Program. He is also the editor of the SRAS newsletter, director of the SRAS Projects initiative, and editor-in-chief for Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies. Josh also serves as Communications Consultant to Alinga Consulting Group, a Moscow-based company providing accounting, audit, legal, taxation, and assurance services. For Alinga, he develops online resources and edits The Alinga Market Update, a bi-monthly publication covering Russia’s regulatory and legislative environment for doing business and working in Russia. Lastly, Josh is General Editor for the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, for which he runs a monthly newsletter covering Russian cultural events in the US, Russian economic news, and news on companies whose interests and investments bridge the US and Russia.

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