9-11 November 1998 -- "The Toxic Legacy of the Cold War in the Former Soviet Union: Assessing Conditions/Finding Solutions"

Nov 09, 1998

THE TOXIC LEGACY OF THE COLD WAR IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION:

ASSESSING CONDITIONS/FINDING SOLUTIONS

November 9-10, 1998
Washington, DC

Cosponsored by
The Environmental Change and Security Project
The Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies
The Cold War International History Project


Agenda
November 9, 1998
(9:00-6:00)

9:00-9:10 Welcoming Remarks, Conference Goals and Format
(Breakfast) Geoffrey D. Dabelko
Director, Environmental Change and Security Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center

9:10-9:20 Conference Overview
D.J. Peterson
RAND Corporation and Woodrow Wilson International Center

9:20-9:40 Toxic Legacy in the U.S. and Russia: Tow Sides of the Same Coin?
Francis Macy
Center for Safe Energy, Earth Island Institute

9:40-10:20 Discussion

10:20-10:30 Break

10:30-10:35 Introduction of Panel: The Landscape of the Toxic Legacy
Geoffrey D. Dabelko

10:33-10:55 Behind the Nuclear Curtain
Donald Bradley
Technical Group Manager, Batelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratories

10:55-11:15 Environmental Implications of Chemical Weapons Production, Storage, and Destruction
Lev A. Fedorov
Director, Union for Chemical Safety, Moscow

11:15-11:35 The Convention Military and Defense Industry Legacy
D.J. Peterson

11:35-12:30 Discussion

12:30-1:00 Break

1:00-1:20 U.S.-Russia Military Cooperation to Promote Environmental Security: A Review
Gary Vest
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security

1:20-2:15 Discussion

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-2:35 Introduction of Panel: Regional Perspectives on Clean up and Redevelopment
Blair Ruble
Director, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center

2:35-2:55 NGO Initiatives to Assess the Condition and Utilization of Former Military Bases in Ukraine
Oleg Lystopad
Kiev Ecological and Cultural Center and Deputy Editor, Zeleny svit (Kiev)

2:55-3:15 Cleaning-Up and Rebuilding Valdivostok after the Soviet Navy
Boris Preobrazhensky
Institute of Oceanography (Vladivostok)

3:15-3:35 Wilderness and Biodiversity Benefit from Standoff and the Soviet Border
Margaret Williams
World Wildlife Federation and Editor, Russia Conservation News (Washington, DC)
Sergei Ponomarenko
Co-Director, Laboratory of Ecological Designs (Moscow)

3:35-4:30 Discussion

4:30-6:00 Reception

November 10, 1998
(9:00-3:30)

9:00-9:05 Welcoming Remarks
(Breakfast) Geoffrey D. Dabelko

9:05-9:10 Introduction of Panel: The Impact on Communities and the Role of NGOs
Christian Ostermann
Director, Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center

9:10-9:30 Fallout from Nuclear Weapons Testing: Public Health and Citizen Activism in Kazakhstan
Kaisha Atakhanova
Director, Karaganda EcoCenter (Kazakhstan)

9:30-9:50 Chelyabinsk Nuclear Weapons Complex: Environmental Attitudes and Activism in the Region
Paula Garb
School of Social Ecology, University of California-Irvine

9:50-10:10 Local Advocates vis a vis Facility Management (Moscow) and International Actors
Jennifer Adibi
EcoBridge Environmental Program for CEC International Partners

10:10-10:30 Discussion

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-10:50 Introduction of Panel: The Military and its Management of the Environment
D.J. Peterson

10:50-11:10 Lessons Learned Working Up Close with Russian Nuclear Specialists
Ted Grochowski
Director, European Programs, NUKEM (Frankfurt)
Paul Childress
B&W Services Inc.

11:10-11:30 Kola Naval Nuclear Complex: Environmental Activism and State Secrecy Today
Thomas Nilsen
Bellona Foundation (Oslo)
Nils Bohmer
Bellona Foundation (Oslo)

11:30-12:30 Discussion

12:30-1:30 International Assistance: Opportunities and Stumbling Blocks
(Lunch) Sverre Stub
Norwegian Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Oslo)

1:30-2:00 Discussion

2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:30 "What is to be done?": Discussion of Policy Options for the United States
Geoffrey D. Dabelko
D.J. Peterson


*This conference is made possible with the generous support of the U.S. Agency for International Development's office of Population through a cooperative agreement with the University of Michigan's Population Fellows Program and the Ploughshares Fund.

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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
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  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project