Monday, July 27, 2009

Kitchen Debate Anniversary Media Round-up

Here is a round-up of commentary from recent days about the Kitchen Debate, the U.S. national exhibition in Moscow and the "Face-off to Facebook" conference at George Washington University:

New York Times columnist and author William Safire joined us for the day's first panel. His recounting of the Kitchen Debate, which he shared in person with our conference audience on July 23, was printed the following day in the Times here.

Georgetown University's John Brown, who puts together one of the most widely read and respected blogs in the field of public diplomacy, also attended the conference. His commentary is available here.

A Toronto Globe and Mail piece recounts the significance of the Sokolniki exhibition, quoting at length former exhibit designer Jack Masey, who gave a well-received photo presentation on July 23.

There was also coverage on the State Department overseas website,, of the conference and luncheon remarks by Amb. William Burns.

Coverage of the conference in the Russian media was quite extensive, but mostly centered on the Burns remarks and subsequent question and answer session. The Washington correspondent of the English language Kyiv Post commented on the conference more generally on her blog.

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