Public Discussion with 3 experts from the USA “The New Silk Road: Opportunities and Challenges”

03.05.2012. 13:22

Latvian Transatlantic Organisation and U.S.Embassy in Riga cordially invites you to the public discussion with experts from the United States of America “The New Silk Road: Opportunities and Challenges”. Discussion is scheduled for Monday, May 7, 15:15 – 16:30 at the Academic Library of the University of Latvia (10 Rupniecibas str., Riga Conference Hall, 2nd floor) (map). Discussion’s language: English.

Following last year’s invigorating debates on the situation in Afganistan, there will be a continuation of these discussions taking place in Riga on Monday 7th May. This year the discussion will centre around a panel of representatives from United States of America who will discuss about what is the future for Afghanistan. Afghanistan needs assurance for stability and safety after the US troops leave by the end of 2014. Experts will try to find the answers to the questions about the role of the US in the Afghanistan way to democratization, sustainability and peace.

Panel of the discussion:

Deputy Assistant Secretary Susan M. Elliott Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.

Ms. Elliott served in Moscow as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs before assuming her current position. Ms. Elliott was the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Belfast from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a Deputy Executive Secretary on the staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. During her tenure on Secretary Rice’s staff, Ms. Elliott’s regional responsibilities included Europe, and South and Central Asia. Ms. Elliott directed the Executive Secretariat Staff from 2003-2005.

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Rear Admiral Ron J. MacLaren. Director, Joint Contingency Acquisition Support Office.

MacLaren, was born in Seoul, Korea, but was raised in Mexico, Peru and the Panama Canal Zone. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Auburn University. He received his commission as a Supply Corps officer through the ROTC in 1979.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Transportation Policy Donald C. Stanton.

Mr. Stanton was commissioned through Cornell University Navy ROTC in 1972 and served aboard USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) and then USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) as an Officer of the Deck (Fleet) off Vietnam. He was a P-3C anti-submarine mission commander/ instructor pilot in Patrol Squadrons 45 and 49 and led maintenance and safety departments. Mr. Stanton was Africa and Latin America desk officer on the Navy staff and served as a naval assistant to political appointees in OSD Policy working on NATO arms cooperation programs and allied naval modernization.

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 Moderator of the discussion:  PhD Edijs Bošs -professor at Riga Stardinu university, journalist.

To RSVP please send your positive reply to  or call 67322883 by Monday, May 7, till Due to the limited capacity of the premises registration will be based on a first come, first served basis.