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U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Space: Past, Present and Future

Presented by the Secretary's Open Forum

WHAT: A special program marking 200 years of U.S.-Russia Relations. Yuri V. Ushakov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the U.S., will make opening remarks.

WHO: Thomas Pickering retired in 2006 as senior vice president for international relations for Thomas Pickering, Open Forum speakerBoeing. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation from May 1993 until November 1996. He has had a career spanning five decades as a U.S. diplomat, serving as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador to the United Nations, as well as Ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan and El Salvador. He also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has held numerous other positions at the State Department, including executive secretary and special assistant to Secretaries Rogers and Kissinger and Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs. He served as president of the Eurasia Foundation, which makes small grants and loans in the former Soviet Union.

Richard Garwin, Open Forum speakerRichard Garwin was awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for the fields of science and engineering in November 2003. He was previously awarded the Enrico Fermi award for his many contributions to national security and arms control and for his achievements in nuclear and particle physics, as well as the R.V. Jones Foreign Intelligence Award. He was granted 45 U.S. patents and contributed to space and military technology – and was recognized as one of the 10 Founders of National Reconnaisance. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago with Enrico Fermi. He is IBM Fellow Emeritus at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center and was the 1997-2004 Senior Fellow for S&T at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. He has published hundreds of articles and chaired the 1977 National Academy "Review of the (1972) U.S./U.S.S.R. Agreement on Cooperation in the Fields of Science and Technology."

Roald Sagdeev is Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland and Director of SilkSat, a telecommunications project utilizing small satellites. He is also Director Emeritus of the Space Research Institute, the Moscow-based center of the Russian space exploration program. One of the youngeRoald Sagdeev, Open Forum speakerst scientists ever elected a full academician of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences, he served as Director of the Space Research Institute for 15 years. Under his direction, many important projects were realized, including the joint U.S.-Soviet Apollo-Soyuz, the Venera series to Venus, as well as the international missions to Haley’s Comet and later to Phobos, a moon of Mars. These last two projects were devised and implemented in cooperation with more than 12 countries. He received the highest Soviet awards, including the Lenin Prize (1984) for his work in plasma physics and "Hero of Socialist Labor" for his leadership of the International Mission to Haley’s Comet (1986). He has been elected a member of many national scientific academies and societies around the world, including the National Academy of Sciences (USA).

WHEN: Tuesday, February 20, 2007, 11:00 am - 1 pm

WHERE: Dean Acheson Auditorium, U.S. Department of State, Harry S Truman Building, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC

RSVP: For guests who do NOT hold a State Department ID, please RSVP by COB February 12, 2007 to foleycs@state.gov and provide full name, birthdate, drivers license or passport number, citizenship, affiliation.


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