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AFPC Hosts Russian Duma Members in Washington
Sponsored by American Foreign Policy Council
April 13, 2000
, and to inform the U.S. Congress better about Russian developments.
The Duma-Congress Study Group
Leaders in the Russian State Duma and in the U.S. House of Representatives established the Duma-Congress Study group to build ties between Russian and
In addition to organizing the staff delegation visits, AFPC is the principal non-governmental organization supporting Duma-Congress Study Group activities. Under grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and others, AFPC provides the private financial and logistical support essential to the exchanges.
Dialogue on Tough Issues
The exchanges have been forums from which to build relations and hold discussions in ways not provided through traditional political or diplomatic channels.
The Study Group arranged for a delegation specializing in strategic anti-ballistic missile systems to visit Russian and brief Russian lawmakers on
AFPC provided the financial support for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former Under Secretary of State William Schneider, Jr., and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey to accompany the delegation. All are members of the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the
This important event was made possible by congressional and Duma staff cooperation from earlier exchanges. “Duma-Staff preparation helped pave the way for us to bring key Rumsfeld Commission leaders to