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Significance, legacy of Putin visit appraised
Neal Conan leads a discussion with experts and NPR journalists

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Nov. 15, 2001 -- What were the key moments in Russian President Vladimir Putin's three-day U.S. visit -- and what will be the summit's lasting impact? As part of a two-hour NPR News Special Report, NPR's Neal Conan addresses those questions with a panel of distinguished guests and NPR journalists.

Among the guests on the show:

George P. Shultz was U.S. secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan from July 1982 until January 1989. From 1974 until his appointment as secretary of state, Shultz was chairman of President Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board. From 1972 to 1974 he was secretary of the treasury, and chairman of the Council on Economic Policy. As chairman of the East-West Trade Policy Committee, Shultz traveled to Moscow in 1973 and negotiated a series of trade protocols with the Soviet Union. He is a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. Currently he is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution. His publications include Economic Policy, Beyond the Headlines, co-written with Kenneth Dam (University of Chicago Press, 1998); and his best-selling memoir, Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State(Charles Scribner's Sons, 1993).

Steve Sestanovich is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor of international diplomacy at Columbia University. From 1997 until earlier this year, he was ambassador at large for the former Soviet Union at the U.S. State Department -- the senior State Department position dealing with Russia and the other so-called "new independent states." From 1994-97, he was vice president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and helped establish its binational think tank in Moscow. He previously served in the Reagan administration, first on the policy planning staff at the State Department, then as senior director for policy development at the National Security Council, in both cases working on the Soviet Union. Currently, Sestanovich is writing a book on what went wrong (and right) in Russian-American relations in the Clinton administration, and where they are headed now.

Lilia Shevtsova co-chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Project of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, dividing her time between the endowment's Moscow and Washington, D.C., offices. Before joining the endowment, she was deputy director of the Moscow Institute of International Economic and Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and director of the Center of Political Studies in Moscow. She is author of six books including Yeltsin's Russia: Myths and Reality (Carnegie Endowment, 1999). And she co-edited the new book Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin: Political Leadership in Russia's Transition (Carnegie Endowment, 2001). She currently is a political observer for Russian broadcast and print media.

Lawrence Eagleburger was appointed U.S. secretary of state by President George Bush in 1992, after three years as deputy secretary of state. During the Nixon administration, Eagleburger served as an assistant to Henry Kissinger, when Kissinger was national security advisor and secretary of state. President Carter appointed Eagleburger as ambassador to Yugoslavia in 1977, where he served for more than three years. President Reagan nominated him to be the assistant secretary of state for European affairs in 1981. In 1982, Eagleburger was named undersecretary of state for political affairs, the third-ranking position in the State Department. President Bush appointed Eagleburger as deputy secretary of state in 1989 and then secretary of state in 1992. Eagleburger is a recipient of the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. He is currently the senior foreign policy advisor at the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, and Caldwell.

The panel also will feature NPR News correspondents including: Anne Garrels, foreign correspondent; Don Gonyea, White House correspondent; Mara Liasson, national political correspondent; and Mike Shuster, diplomatic correspondent.