Sarah Carey was chair of the Eurasia Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2010. Her deep connection to Russia and the Eurasia region spanned more than 50 years, starting in 1959 as an eyewitness to the famous “Kitchen Debate” between Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon in Moscow and culminating in Sarah’s emergence as a leading American legal practitioner and an indispensable advisor to policymakers.
"A new generation is eager to pick up the reins in seeking to apply the law in an imaginative manner that brings fair treatment and new opportunity to a larger public.”
- Sarah Carey, Spring 2010
Each year Eurasia Foundation recognizes an individual who has notably advanced civil society in the Eurasia region through the practice of law, business, or diplomacy and has brought Americans and citizens of the region closer together. Eurasia Foundation honored Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering with the first Sarah Carey Award in 2012.
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At its upcoming gala, Eurasia Foundation will present the 2013 Sarah Carey Award to Senator Sam Nunn and Senator Richard Lugar. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the senators designed the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, a landmark initiative that established an international framework to safeguard and dismantle nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Thanks to their leadership, the program gained bipartisan support in Congress and provided funding and technical expertise to the newly independent states, including Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Nunn and Lugar were personally involved in the program’s implementation, traveling to many elimination sites and working closely with foreign leaders.
The program has directly led to the dismantling of more than 7,600 nuclear warheads, 900 intercontinental ballistic missiles, 700 nuclear air-to-surface missiles, and many other weapons of mass destruction. Senators Nunn and Lugar have received numerous awards and multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize for their contribution to what President Obama characterized as “one of the country’s smartest and most successful national security programs.”
Eurasia Foundation organizes an annual symposium, the Sarah Carey Forum, which examines the mutual benefits of engagement between the United States and the countries in the Eurasia region. In November 2012, television hosts Vladimir Pozner and Phil Donahue reunited to discuss US-Russian relations and the important role of citizen-to-citizen cooperation. Pozner and Donahue, who co-hosted an unprecedented series of televised discussions between audiences in the Soviet Union and the US in the 1980s, were joined by veteran journalist Marvin Kalb, former US Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hedrick Smith and independent journalist Anna Koshman for a lively discussion on the ups and downs in US-Russian relations.
In keeping with Sarah’s lifelong commitment to mentorship, the Young Professionals Network is a nine-month program that creates monthly opportunities for young people in Washington to discuss developments in the Eurasia region and interact with diplomats, journalists and analysts. The Network’s 2012 events included meeting former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva, special access to Pozner and Donahue, and a series of breakfast briefings on topics ranging from elections in Georgia and Ukraine to US policy in Iran. The group’s 32 members range from Russia watchers to Georgia hands to Central Asia scholars and collectively they speak 12 languages.