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March 2009

The USRCCNE Monthly Newsletter
For those with interests bridging the US and Russia...


Josh Wilson, USRCCNE EditorWelcome!
From Josh Wilson, General Editor, USRCCNE
As my mind seems irrationally fixated on this right now, I hope you will all forgive my filling this space with purely personal opinion. I've just seen the footage of the first major meeting between Hillary Clinton and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister. I can forgive Mrs. Clinton for bumbling the name of the Russian president again. Perhaps she was nervous, as she'd infamously tripped over the name during her campaign, and perhaps it was simply the result of stage fright.

However, the "reset button" which she officially gifted to Russia, and which had the word "reset" mistranslated – is shockingly embarrassing in my view. True, her office is still forming and may not be operating optimally yet. However, for a project that was meant to be a symbol, that was meant to be shown on TV and in newspapers, surely the office of the Secretary of State could have called the local university and asked a local Russian professor for five minutes of assistance? Furthermore, if we are trying to convince the Russians that we are ready to take them seriously, couldn't we have at least taken their alphabet seriously by using it to write the Russian word that appeared on the gift we made for them? It was written in the letters the English alphabet uses, not those used in Russian.

To return to the official work of the USRCCNE, I encourage all of you who will be in the Boston area March 20th to sign up for our hosted event with Andrei Zolotov. Mr. Zolotov is the founding editor of Russia Profile and an adviser to the chief editor of RIA Novosti, a major Russian news agency. His opinion on "The Obama Administration and Russian Public Opinion – What's Up and What Are the Implications for US-Russia Relations?" should be exceptionally interesting – are pertinent in this time of rocky "reset." 

As always, this newsletter is dependent on you. If you have an announcement or a news item to be included in our newsletter, or if you would like to subscribe to this free publication, please contact us.


USRCCNE & Members News and Events


Breakfast with Andrei Zolotov
(March 12 - Boston) The US-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England invites you to attend a breakfast seminar on Thursday, March 12, 2009 featuring Andrei Zolotov, Founding Editor of Russia Profile and currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Mr. Zolotov will speak on "The Obama Administration and Russian Public Opinion – What's Up and What Are the Implications for US-Russia Relations?"

Sixth Annual Global Technology Symposium
(March 25-27 - Palo Alto, CA) In partnership with the San Francisco Global Trade Council and the US Polish Trade Council, the event is expected to draw several hundred leaders in business, science, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and policy making from Central and Eastern Europe, BRIC countries, and the United States.

Ballets Russes Centenary Celebrations
(April 4; May 16-23 - Boston) The festival will bring together leading artists, audiences and cultural institutions from Russia and New England. The programming includes dance and musical performance, exhibitions, films, an academic conference, street fair and procession, and other activities.

2009 Consuls Ball (UN Association of Greater Boston)
(April 17 - Boston)
We invite you to join us on Friday, April 17, 2009 for an international celebration to benefit Global Education Programs in Boston area schools. The Consuls Ball will feature dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.

Auriga Named to Global Outsourcing 100 for Second Year
Compiled by International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP), the 2009 Global Outsourcing 100 are essential references for companies seeking new and expanded relationships with the best companies in the industry.

SRAS Student Featured on Russian News
David Marcus is studying the Nanai people as a visiting scholar through The School of Russian and Asian Studies. Pervyi Kanal, Russia's largest in terms of viewers, recently interviewed him about his interest.

Articles & Resources

international businessAll Regions Guide - Amur Entry
The All Regions Trade and Investment Guide presents economic, geographic, and political information about Russia, region by region. The guide is available for sale in its entirety - or buy only those regions or constituent entities which interest you. Here, we present its Amur Entry for free.

The Russian Economy in Crisis
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest addresses the impact of the global crisis on Russia. Specifically, it examines the country's oil industry and its currency policy. Additionally, this issue presents statistics on oil prices and other economic and social indicators.

From (& To) Russia, With Love
As Security Fix showed in January, some of the largest collections of victims with data-stealing malicious software installed on their PCs are in Russia.

Economy, Politics, and Society  (PDF, 180K)
This latest installment of Policy Matters, a free publication from PBN, gives a succinct, fact-heavy, objective overview of Russian political and economic developments since the New Year.

NGOs and Power Ministries in Russia 
The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet States in it's latest publication takes a look at the relationship NGOs have with those ministries. 

Global Trends in NGO Law
This new publication from The International Center for Not-for-Profit gives a quick update on how various governments, including Russia's and those in Central Asia, relate to NGOs in their countries.

Russian Corner: The Post-Merger Integration Process
There are several issues that are of specific concern to companies expanding into the Russian market.  These include HR management, selecting a CEO, legal compliance, and financial reporting.

Just for Fun: Cultural Tour of Russia
Travel to Russia with SRAS! Eat a home-cooked meal with Russians in their home. Create traditional painted porcelain under a Russian master. Sit in banyas and celebrate life with Russians who will show you how to sing, make toasts, relax, and laugh.

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