Texas State University: U.S.-Russia Relations

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Discourse in Democracy Series: “U.S.-Russia Relations”


The Discourse in Democracy Series at Texas State University, a new JMC partner program, will be hosting  Mark Pomar for a virtual lecture on U.S.-Russia relations.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 • 6:30 PM CST
A virtual event

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Mark Pomar is a Senior National Security Fellow at the University of Texas-Austin’s Clement Center for National Security. He has had a distinguished career in academia, US government, and the NGO/foundation sector. In addition to teaching, Pomar has served as Assistant Director of the Russian Service at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Munich), as Director of the USSR Division at the Voice of America, and as Executive Director of the Board for International Broadcasting. As a member of the USG Senior Executive Service, he oversaw radio broadcasts, negotiated international agreements for radio transmission (Portugal, Spain, Israel), and testified in Congress on policies, budgets and programs of international broadcasting. In addition, he conducted the first discussions with Soviet authorities about the cessation of jamming (1987-1988) and negotiated the opening of RFE/RL news bureaus in Warsaw, Moscow and Kyiv. From 1993 to 2008, Pomar was a senior executive at IREX, a large US international organization operating in 33 countries that administered programs in education, public policy, and media. He worked closely with the Department of State and USAID on projects in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East. Mark served as President and CEO of IREX from 2000 to 2008. From 2008 to 2017, Mark was the founding CEO and President of the US – Russia Foundation (USRF), a private US foundation based in Moscow that ran programs in entrepreneurship and the rule-of-law. In that capacity, he forged ties between US and Russian universities and developed programs with the Supreme Commercial Court of Russia, among many other projects.

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Discourse in Democracy is a series of events designed to engage undergraduate students in political and philosophical debate about today’s most important issues. Discourse in Democracy provides opportunities for students to become more deeply involved in their Texas State community by offering lectures and seminars by keynote speakers, chances to collaborate with professors, other students, and prominent professionals in the field at the federal, state, and local levels.

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