JBANC's Tenth Baltic Conference - April 19-20, 2013
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(Washington, DC) - The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) is pleased to announce that William Browder, the former employer of whistleblowing Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, will speak at its Tenth Baltic Conference, being held April 19-20 on the outskirts of Washington DC.

William Browder is the CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management in London. He is helping to lead the successful international campaign against authorities in Russia who not only stole his company’s assets there but contributed to the death of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Mr. Browder’s efforts led to the passage of the Magnitsky Act in the United States Congress last December, a measure that was strongly supported by JBANC. That law mandates visa restrictions and asset freezes against not only those involved in the Magnitsky case, but against other human rights offenders in the Russian Federation.

Besides discussion about developments surrounding the Magnitsky case, and the rising authoritarianism and disregard for human rights by Putin’s regime, other main conference themes will center on Baltic-Nordic cooperation, cyber- and energy security, disinformation, and a look at Estonia’s, Latvia’s and Lithuania’s relationships with the United States.

The Crystal City Marriott, site of the conference, is offering a special hotel room rate for attendees at $119/night if reservations are booked by March 19, 2013. Reservations can be made by calling either 1-800-228-9290 or 1-703-413-5500 and mentioning JBANC's conference.

In addition to its April 19-20 conference, JBANC is also coordinating with the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) to have its annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill on April 18.

Additional information about the conference will be made available shortly on JBANC’s website and via its Facebook and Twitter pages. For questions related to the events, please contact JBANC at: or at 301-340-1954.

JBANC represents the Estonian American National Council, Inc., the American Latvian Association in the U.S., and the Lithuanian American Council, Inc.



10th JBANC Baltic Conference Registration form (downloadable):
http://www.jbanc.org/files/Reg... form - JBANC 2013 conference - FINAL c.pdf

Preliminary Agenda:

Thursday, April 18, 2013
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) Advocacy Day

Friday, April 19, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 PM --- U.S. Administration Briefing Potential panelists: Officials from State Department, White House, FBI
6:00 – 8:00 PM --- Reception at Embassy of Estonia

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
http://www.marriott.com/hotels...

The Crystal City Marriott, site of the conference, is offering a special hotel room rate for attendees at $119/night if reservations are booked by March 29, 2013. Reservations can be made by calling either 1-800-228-9290 or 1-703-413-5500 and mentioning JBANC's conference.

You can also register directly online :
http://bit.ly/YzEn6j


8:00 - 9:00 Registration and coffee
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome: JBANC President Anita Batarags, American Latvian Association
9:15 - 9:45 Opening Remarks

9:45 - 11:00 PANEL 1 – NORTHERN LIGHTS: THE EVOLUTION OF BALTIC-NORDIC COOPERATION
(confirmed panelists include Dr. Volli Kalm, Rector of the University of Tartu, and Robert Nurick of the Atlantic Council)

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 - 12:30 PANEL 2 – COMING OF AGE: BALTIC LEADERSHIP IN ACTION
(invited panelists include Andris Vilks, Minister of Finance of Latvia, and Arturas Paulauskas, Chairman of the Committee on National Security and Defense of the Lithuanian Parliament)

12:30 - 2:00 Luncheon Keynote: William Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management
(Intro.by Marju Rink-Abel, Estonian American National Council)

2:00 - 3:15 PANEL 3 - THAT SINKING FEELING: MOSCOW RISING
(confirmed panelists include Paul Goble, specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia, Oleg Kozlovsky, democracy activist and visiting scholar at The George Washington University, and Elena Servettaz, journalist at Radio France International RFI)

3:15 - 3:30 Break

3:30 - 4:45 PANEL 4 – THE INFORMATION AGE: OLD BATTLES, NEW WEAPONS
(invited panelists include Frank Cilluffo, Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University, Fatima Tlisova, editor, writer and producer at the Voice of America, and representatives from Salisbury University in Maryland)

4:45 - 5:00 --- Conclusion – (New JBANC President Saulius Kuprys, Lithuanian American Council)
5:30 - 7:30 --- Reception at Hotel

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