Foreign Policy Leadership Council panel to discuss U.S.-Russian affairs on campus Monday, April 2

David Pepper, who previously worked in Russia, joins two area professors on the panel for the Brueggeman Center event | March 29, 2007

Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper, a former aide to National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski who later spent three years working with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia, is anchoring a Foreign Policy Leadership Council panel discussion on U.S.-Russian affairs and policy on Monday, April 2, at 5:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center.

The Foreign Policy Leadership Council is a national organization that seeks to help shape the next generation of thinking about America’s evolving role in the world through public debate, education, targeted messaging and outreach.

The discussion is co-sponsored by the Brueggeman Center and also includes Bill Jackson, a professor of political science at Miami University, and Willard Sunderland, a Russian history professor at the University of Cincinnati.

Sunderland has a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in Russian history from Indiana University. He has traveled and worked extensively throughout Russia and in many states of the former Soviet Union, including a stint in which he worked as a Russian interpreter on a Soviet fishing ship in the Northern Pacific. He has taught the history of Russia and the Soviet Union at the University of Cincinnati since 1997, and his research focuses on Russia’s history as multinational empire from the time of Peter the Great to the Russian Revolution.

Pepper has worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., as an aide to former National Security Adviser Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and later in St. Petersburg, Russia, working with Russian and American business leaders to stimulate investment and economic growth in the City. In those years, he worked with a wide variety of well-known international leaders, including Henry Kissinger, Paul Bremer, Vladimir Putin, CEOs of some of the West’s largest companies, diplomats, and numerous members of Congress. After his return to Cincinnati, he was elected to Cincinnati City Council, where he served for four successful years before being elected in November 2006 to the Hamilton County Commission.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required but suggested. Please call Kathy Strunk at 513 651-6166 or e-mail to indicate your attendance.