The Atlantic Council hosted a discussion on April 13 covering the economic and trade implications of Russia’s accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO) with three leading public policy and business experts in the United States and Russia.

Ross Wilson, director of the Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, moderated the discussion.

About the Participants

Edward (Ed) Verona has been serving as president and CEO of the US-Russia Business Council since June 2008. Prior to this, he was based in Moscow as vice president of ExxonMobil Russia, Inc.  His additional experience includes chief representative in Moscow of the Canadian Barrick Gold Corporation and Texaco’s Country Manager in Kazakhstan, where he also served as chairman of the Kazakhstan Petroleum Association (KPA).

Andrew W. Shoyer is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, DC, and chairs the firm’s international trade and dispute resolution practice, focusing on the implementation and enforcement of international trade and investment agreements.  His previous experience was at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and with the WTO.

Viacheslav Evseev is director of the Center for Customs Tariff and Non-tariff Regulation Research and a Russian economist engaged in public policy, who is currently in Washington DC on a Yegor Gaidar Fellowship through IREX and the US Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF).  Evseev has been collaborating with the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center on Russia’s WTO accession research and a white paper on this topic.


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