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Thursday, November 15 News

‘Understanding Russia Today’ on tap

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will present a program, “Understanding Russia Today: A United Nations Perspective,” April 17 at 2 p.m.

Dr. Sergi Kambalov, a Russian economist and expert on Russia who served at the UN for 21 years, will lead the talk at the Wykeham Road library.

Russia is in the news daily, and events continue to unfold.

An intervention in Syria with the establishment of a military base; the downing of a Russian tourist plane by terrorists and a Russian jet fighter by Turkey; the fragile cease fire in eastern Ukraine, the continued occupation of Crimea; the deterioration of ties with Europe and the U.S.; sanctions and a stagnating economy with the subsequent fall of the ruble are some of the stories.

Vladimir Putin has an all-encompassing presence in Russia with political triumphs, struggles within the government and economic hardships.

How will Russia manage its border, with the Ukraine, the Baltic countries and Poland after Crimea and the separatists frenzy in eastern Ukraine?

Given the sanctions, what are the prospects for the Russian economy and further East-West trade? Will Iran now become a base for a Russian presence in the Middle East?

Kambalov will explore these ongoing complex issues and their present contentious unfolding.

Following the lecture, foreign policy students from Shepaug Valley School in town and Marvelwood School in Kent will each offer a presentation.

The students, including Bianca Getzel, one of the library’s pages, will represent and speak as ambassadors from different countries to the UN Security Council and will try to expose their nations’ view on Russia today.

In preparation for this program the students have been studying diligently.

Their activities include reading articles in magazines such as “The Economist,” “Foreign Affairs” and “Foreign Policy” and they have watched documentaries and speeches from the ambassadors of each of the countries they are representing.

All have attended speeches by Kambalov and Dr. Joseph Baxer, president of the United Nations Association of Connecticut, and have had similar experiences as panelists on the Shepaug World Affairs Forum.

Baxer will introduce and moderate the program.

This event is sponsored by the United Nations Association of Connecticut.

For more information and RSVP, call 860-868-7586.

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