The American Committee on East-West Accord of the 1970s and 80s (with leaders like George Kennan) played a vital role in softening the relationship between the U.S. and the USSR in the lead-up to the end of Cold War I.
In September 2014, during a Moscow Conference where many of us gathered, it was decided to reinvigorate the original Accord. A handful of organizers, headed by Stephen Cohen, whose articles you are very familiar with, have since worked around the clock to bring on top names in the U.S.-Russia field, among them Ambassador Jack Matlock, whose articles you read regularly and former Senator Bill Bradley, whose piece I forwarded to you last week.
If any group has the power to create change in the field today, it is the East-West Accord. Please check their site and forward their information to your constituents. As individuals they have all been involved, either out in front or behind the scenes, to reduce the tensions and come out with workable solutions in this increasingly dangerous relationship.
From THE NATION
Could This New Group Stop the Rush to Cold War?
The Committee for East-West Accord is back—here’s why.
Last week’s launching of the American Committee for East-West Accord was an important step in the nascent movement against what many are now calling a new Cold War between the United States and Russia and their increasingly dangerous confrontation over Ukraine.
The committee’s launch is of particular moment since the fragile Minsk II Accords, perhaps the best hope for a negotiated settlement of the crisis, have come under renewed assault. Indeed, many observers think that the Ukrainian crisis is on the verge of entering a new and more protracted phase with the potential to further inflame East-West relations.
The American Committee for East-West Accord is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt educational organization of American citizens who are deeply concerned about the possibility of a new and prolonged cold war between the United States/Europe and Russia, including a renewed nuclear arms race.