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Russia's Relations with East European Neighbors
Topic of April 3-4 Symposium at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: March 30, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Seven professors and diplomats from Europe and the United States will lead discussions during the 11th annual Symposium on East Europe April 3-4 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The topic of this year's symposium will be "East of East Europe: Russia's Economic, Political and Strategic Relations with its Neighbors in East Europe."

During the two-day event, the visiting dignitaries all of whom are shapers of policy and academic specialists in East Europe will give members of the campus and greater Eau Claire communities expert analysis of developments in this dynamic part of the world.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the countries between the Baltic and the Black seas continue to bear the burden of decades of isolation and repression. They are still vulnerable to the Russian monopoly of energy resources as well as the ambitions and interests of neighbors in the east and west.

The symposium will begin at 2 p.m. April 3 with remarks and welcomes by Dr. Paulis Lazda, chair of the symposium, and Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, chancellor of UW-Eau Claire.

Paul Goble, diplomat, author and professor at the University of Tallinn, Estonia, will speak at 2:20 p.m. April 3. He will be followed by Zaneta Ozolina, professor of political science at the University of Latvia, and Jonas Paslauskas, consul general of Lithuania. Dr. Mart Laar, former premier of Estonia, will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. April 3.

Presentations will begin at 10 a.m. April 4. Speakers will include Jack Matlock, former United States Ambassador to Moscow and Andrzej Bryk, professor of political science at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. A panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Stephen Hill of the UW-Eau Claire political science department, will begin at 1:30 p.m.

All symposium events will be held in Room 101 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

For more information about the symposium or to arrange for interviews with the visiting professors and diplomats, contact Dr. Paulis Lazda at 715-836-4735.

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