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From: ZvanersM@rferl.org
Subject: BRIEFING- The G8 in St. Petersburg: What Happened? What Does it Mean?
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 14:33:43 -0400

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty invites you to a briefing by
Andrei Piontkovsky
Visiting Fellow, Hudson Institute
Donald N. Jensen
Director of Communications, RFE/RL, Inc.

The G8 in St. Petersburg: What Happened? What Does It Mean?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

in Conference Room A (4th Floor) at
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
1201 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC
[entrance on Rhode Island Ave NW, next to St. Matthew's Cathedral]

As the July 15-17 summit of G8 leaders in St. Petersburg closed, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he was "satisfied" with its outcome, which included joint statements on all of the items on Putin's G8 agenda. Is the summit and its outcome an affirmation of Russia's acceptance as a full partner of the West, or is the harmony that ruled in St. Petersburg concealing significant underlying tensions between Russia and its G8 counterparts?

Andrei Piontkovsky is currently a Visiting Fellow at The Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. One of Russia's foremost political commentators, Piontkovsky contributes regularly to the broadcasts of RFE/RL's Russian Service, the BBC World Service and National Public Radio, as well as to such publications as "Novaya Gazeta", the online journal "Grani", "Russia Journal" and the "Moscow Times". Donald N. Jensen has been RFE/RL's Director of Communications since June 2002. Prior to assuming his current duties, Jensen served for six years as Associate Director of Broadcasting. Before joining RFE/RL, he spent 12 years as a political officer in the US Department of State, serving at US Embassies in Sofia and Moscow. Jensen, who will have just returned from a post-G8 visit to Moscow, has written extensively on Russian politics and foreign policy, especially the politics of Russian business.

Please RSVP by July 25 by email to <dc-response@rferl.org>, by telephone to Michael Shulman at (202) 457-6958, or by fax to (202) 457-6992.