In this policy memo, Sarah Mendelson suggests U.S. government-funded efforts ought to shift from “democracy assistance”—where Americans go to Russia to help teach and train—to a new model of peer-to-peer engagement—where Americans who work on relevant issues in the United States come together periodically with Russians who work on similar issues in Russia to share best practices, explore common problems, and where practical, undertake joint projects. September 22, 2009.
On July 6 and 7, 2009 over 75 civil society leaders from Russia and the United States met in Moscow to exchange views and experience on challenges that confront both countries. Working groups covering the summit’s six main topics discussed shared challenges, developed recommendations for improved collaboration, and proposed concrete joint projects. Each group prepared a short summary of preliminary conclusions, which are presented in this draft report. July 7, 2009.