The Carnegie Moscow Center, together with the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C, held an international conference marking twenty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Discussions focused on military reform and interethnic relations in the Russian Federation.

As Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, said in his opening remarks, these two issues have grabbed the most public attention since the Soviet collapse. Carnegie’s Natalia Bubnova noted that these two issues have had a big impact on Russia’s public and political life over the last twenty years, and affect the foundations for the country’s future development.