Federation Council Leadership  
U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission

Commission Co-Chairs: President Barack Obama & President Vladimir Putin
Commission Coordinators:
Secretary of John Kerry & Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

State Department’s U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission website


Working Group Russia Co-Chair U.S. Co-Chair          Main Functions/Focus
Policy Steering Group
Sergei Ryabkov,
Deputy Foreign Minister
William J. Burns,
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

-supervises other working groups

-regional security issues
Nikolay Fyodorov,
Minister of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack,
Secretary of Agriculture

-food security
-food safety

-social nutrition
Arms Control,
International Security
Sergei Ryabkov,
Deputy Foreign Minister
Ellen Tauscher,
U.S. Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense

-missile defense
-nuclear security
-arms control

Business Development,
Economic Relations
Rebecca M. Blank,
Acting Secretary of Commerce
- investment promotion
Viktor P. Ivanov,
Director of the Federal Drug Enforcement Service
Gil Kerlikowske,
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

 -drug treatment and prevention
-supply reduction
-financial intelligence

Alexander Zmeyevskiy,
Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation in the Fight Against Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime
Daniel Benjamin,
Coordinator for Counterterrorism,
U.S. Department of State

-international counterterrorism
-norms development
-capacity building promotion
-transportation security
-infrastructure improvement
-law enforcement matters cooperation

Emergency Situaions
Vladimir Puchkov ,
Minister of Emergency Situations
Craig Fugate,
Administrator, FEMA

-emergency cases prevention and management

Alexander Novak ,
Minister of Energy
Steven Chu ,
Secretary of Energy

-energy security
-energy efficiency
-clean technologies

Sergei Donskoy,
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Robert D. Hormats,
Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment

-hazardous materials management
-Arctic black carbon and wildlife protection

Veronika Skvortsova,
Minister of Healthcare
Katheleen Sebelius,
Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment
-scientific cooperation
-healthy lifestyle promotion
-infectious and non-infectious disease combat
Vladislav Surkov,
Deputy Prime Minister
Robert D. Hormats,
Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs
-legal framework
-development for innovative entrepreneurship
-innovation centers and regional innovative clusters development
-support of commercialization of innovative breakthroughs
Military Cooperation
Gen. Nikolai Makarov,
Chief of the General Staff
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
-missile defense
-counter-piracy issues
Military Technical Cooperation Mr. Anatoliy Punchuk,
Deputy Directo, Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Head of the Russian Delegation
Ms. Beth McCormick,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Trade and Regional Security

Ms. Evelyn Farkas,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)

Mr. Keith Webster,
Director, International Cooperation, OUSD(AT&L)

-military-technical realm of defense technology
-development foreign trade with respect to military goods control

Rule of Law
Alexander Konovalov,
Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation
Eric H. Holder, Jr,
Attorney General of the Uneted States
-judicial assistance in civil cases
-corrections, pretrial detention
-service of process
-alternatives to detention
-asset recovery
Science and Technology
Dmitry Livanov,
Minister of Education and Science
John Holdren,
Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

-carbon cycle monitoring
-information technology

Space Cooperation

Vladimir Popovkin,
Head of the Federal Space Agency

Charles F. Bolden, Jr.,
Administrator of NASA

-International Space Station management

-new exploration

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