Welcome by:
Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council
A conversation with:
Dr. Gaiane Safarova
Leading Research Scientist; Head of the Laboratory of Analysis and Modeling Socio-Demographic Processes, Russian Academy of Sciences
St. Petersburg Institute for Economics and Mathematics

Mr. Ilan Berman
Senior Vice President
American Foreign Policy Council

Dr. Judyth Twigg
Professor of Political Science
Virginia Commonwealth University
Moderated by:
 Dr. Alina Polyakova
David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Foreign Policy
The Brookings Institution

Please join the Atlantic Council for the first in a series of discussions on Russia Today and Tomorrow: Internal Strengths and Weaknesses. 

Since assuming office at the turn of the millennium, President Putin has placed a premium on restoring Russia’s role as a great power.  He put in place policies designed, at least initially, to force start economic growth, to rebuild the Russian state and military, and to reassert Russian prerogatives on the global stage.
To restore Russian power a strong, efficient economy is essential and so is a stable, growing and well educated population. Thanks to ongoing unhealthy mortality rates, the expenses of child rearing and opportunities abroad for educated and mobile Russians, the population has not grown at the rate sought by Kremlin officials.
The first panel, "Russia's Demography: The Basis for a Prosperous Future?"  will explore the nuances of Russia's demography.

 We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.