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MOSCOW| CERBA Moscow AGM & Reception (Panel Discussion with Canadian Journalists)

  • 25 Jul 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Ernst & Young, Sadovnicheskaya nab. 77, bld. 1, entrance #2

Dear CERBA Members and Friends,

We invite you to attend the CERBA-Moscow Annual General Meeting and Reception, featuring a Panel Discussion with prominent Canadian Journalists Mark MacKinnon and Fred Weir. 

DATE: Tuesday,  July 25th, 2017

TIME: 18.00 - 21.00

VENUE: Ernst & Young,  Sadovnicheskaya nab. 77, bld. 1, entrance #2 from embankment side (Room Kyiv, 5th floor)

Attendance fee: Complimentary


18.00 - 18:10  Registration

18:10 – 18.25 Presentation by CERBA Moscow Chairman Nathan Hunt: An overview of CERBA Activities and Achievements in 2016-2017, Aims and Goals of CERBA for the current 2017-18 year

18.25 – 18:50 Announcement of the list of nominees to CERBA-Moscow Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 year, introduction of the candidates.

18:50 – 20:00 Canadian Journalists Panel: Mark MacKinnon and Fred Weir will share their views on the current international situation and discuss potential scenarios for the future development of the relations between Russia and the West. They will also be happy to answer questions from event participants.

20:00 – 21:00 Networking evening

Space is limited, please RSVP in advance by email to [email protected] .


About the Panel Participants:

Fred Weir is a Canadian journalist who lives in Moscow and specializes in Russian affairs. He is a Moscow correspondent for the Boston-based daily The Christian Science Monitor, and for the monthly Chicago magazine In These Times. He has been a regular contributor from Moscow to The Independent, South China Morning Post and The Canadian Press. He was also for 20 years the Moscow correspondent of Hindustan Times an Indian, English-language, daily newspaper based in Delhi. Weir is the co-author, along with David Michael Kotz, of Revolution from Above: The Demise of the Soviet System, published in 1996, which provides a new interpretation and research for the disintegration of the USSR.
Weir studied Russian and Soviet history at the University of Toronto. He lived on a kibbutz in Israel in 1973-74, travelled extensively around the Middle East, the USSR and Eastern Europe, before choosing to move to the Soviet Union to live and work as a journalist in 1986. He married Mariam Shaumian, a Russian-Armenian, in 1987. They have two children: Tanya, born in 1988, and Charlie, born in 2000. 

Mark MacKinnon is a Canadian journalist, currently senior international correspondent for one of Canada's national newspapers, The Globe and Mail. A graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, he is a five-time winner of the National Newspaper Award, Canada's top reporting prize.

Now based in London, his previous postings include Beijing, Moscow and the Middle East.

MacKinnon first book, The New Cold War: Revolutions, Rigged Elections and Pipeline Politics in the Former Soviet Union was published in 2007 by Random House in Canada, and by Carroll and Graf in the United States. It is "a nuanced study that demonstrates the continuity of conflict between the U.S. and Russia", and discusses the emergence of a new "Cold War" in the 2000s. 

He has twice been named to Foreign Policy magazine's Top 100 global "Twitterati" for his commentary via the social media network Twitter.

MacKinnon has interviewed Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, as well as King Abdullah II of Jordan and former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze.