October 3, 2001
This year's 2001 symposium examined "The United States, NATO, and European Security in the 21st Century" and the critical issues surrounding the September 11 terrorist attacks, NATO, and international security. The Russell Symposium occurs biennially and focuses on public policy, in which Senator Russell had particular interest. Hosted by the Center for International Trade and Security and planned under the direction of Gary Bertsch, University of Georgia professor and Director of the Center for International Trade and Security.
With a keynote address by Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe General John R. Galvin, the panel was moderated by Stephen M. Walt, Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and featured Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Ambassador of the Republic of Ukraine to the U.S.; Geza Jeszensky, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to the U.S.; Sven Jurgenson, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the U.S.; Peter Gooderham, Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington; and Michal Wyganowski, Counsellor at the Polish Embassy in Washington.
Recent syposiums have focused on "U.S. Security interests in the 1990s," "Security Challenges in the Post-Cold War World," and "US Policy toward China." Commencing in 1993, the Russell Foundation, along with the University of Georgia, has sponsored three Richard B. Russell Public Symposiums. Named for the late Senator Richard B. Russell, who chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee for sixteen years, the symposiums are a discussion of public policy in which Senator Russell had particular interest. All of the Russell Symposium proceedings have been televised, published, and distributed widely in government and academic circles.