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July 20, 2009

Michael McFaul and Vladislav Surkov to head new working group on civil society

CDDRL, FSI Stanford in the news: The Moscow Times on July 20, 2009

Michael McFaul, former CDDRL director and current special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council, and Vladislav Surkov have been named to head a new working group on civil society, one of 13 groups set up as part of a new U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission agreed to by Presidents Medvedev and Obama during President Obama's July trip to Moscow. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will coordinate the commission's work, which will address, inter alia, nuclear energy and security, arms control, fighting terrorism, economic relations, health, energy, and the environment, and civil society.