Carnegie Council Senior Fellow David Speedie is Founding Member of The American Committee for East-West Accord

Jan 21, 2016

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is pleased to announce that Senior Fellow and Program Director David C. Speedie is a founding member of The American Committee for East-West Accord.

The Committee is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt educational organization of U.S. citizens from different professions—business, academia, government service, science, law, and others—who are deeply concerned about the possibility of a new (potentially even more dangerous) cold war between the United States/Europe and Russia. Its fundamental premise is that no real or lasting American, European, or international security generally is possible without essential kinds of stable cooperation with Russia.

"Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this deep freeze in U.S.-Russia relations is that even well-disposed friends and colleagues in Russia with whom we have had a dialogue over the 25 post-Cold War years are less inclined to engage in serious discussion—they simply do not see it as worthwhile," said Speedie. "I hope and expect that the Committee will be able to encourage a regeneration of that constructive dialogue."

The Committee's primary mission is to promote such discussion about East-West relations and thus to create broad public awareness of the new dangers and of ways to end them. It encourages open, civilized, informed debate of all the related issues, current and past, among Americans with different, even opposing, positions, perspectives, and proposals. And the Committee seeks to do this in as many ways as possible, including an informational website for engaging individuals and other groups; sponsoring or cosponsoring public events in Washington, at universities, and across the country; and in the national media, including social media.

Founding Board Members

  • Bill Bradley, Allen & Company LLC. managing director, U.S. Senator for New Jersey, 1979–1997
  • Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies, History, and Politics at New York University and Princeton University
  • Gilbert Doctorow author of two books on U.S.-Russia relations, for over 25 years served U.S. and UK multinationals with responsibility for Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Jack F. Matlock, Jr., career diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union 1987–1991
  • Ellen Mickiewicz, James R. Shepley, professor emeritus professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University
  • John Pepper, former Chairman and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, chairs The Roosevelt Institute in New York
  • David Speedie, senior fellow and the director for U.S. Global Engagement, Carnegie Council Ethics in International Affairs
  • William J. vanden Heuvel, U.S. Ambassador to the UN by appointment of President Carter

The Committee's Initial Proposals

The Committee urges that the governments most directly involved in the crisis take the following mutual steps:

— The Obama Administration should formally join the "Normandy Four" which negotiated the Minsk Accords of February 2015

— The U.S., NATO and Russia should reactivate the NATO-Russian Council

— Washington and Moscow should restore the provisions of the 1991 Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

— Moscow and Washington should take all necessary steps to preserve the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)

— Washington and Moscow should protect educational and related exchange programs

For more information about the Committee, go to http://eastwestaccord.com/.

About Carnegie Council

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914 and based in New York City, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world.

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