U.S.-Russian Subnational Engagement: Connecting Markets and Communities

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shake hands after signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Antarctic and a Joint Statement on Strengthening U.S.-Russian Inter-Regional Cooperation in Vladivostok, Russia, September 8, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Reta Jo Lewis serves as the Secretary of State’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

On Monday, November 19, I will have the honor of speaking about U.S.-Russia subnational engagement at an event hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s Kennan Institute. As the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, I lead the Department of State’s efforts to collaborate with state and local leaders and their counterparts abroad. In July 2012, I made a 10-day trip to Russia, where I visited cities and oblasts throughout the country, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok. I met with representatives of federal, regional, and local governments, as well as leaders of Russia’s business and academic communities, to discuss and further the development of a U.S.-Russia subnational engagement… more »

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