The Sarah Carey Program

Eurasia Foundation launched the Sarah Carey Program in 2012 to honor its long-serving chair Sarah Carey, whose deep connection to the Eurasia region spanned more than 50 years. The Sarah Carey Program aims to capture Sarah’s pioneering spirit and her belief that business and law – creatively applied – can overcome political obstacles among nations and lead to social benefit for all. The program is comprised of three components: an annual award, a policy forum and a professional development network.

About Sarah Carey

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

Sarah Carey Award

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. In 2013, the Sarah Carey Award was presented to Senators Sam Nunn and Dick Lugar.

The 2014 Sarah Carey Award:
Deputy Secretary of State
William J. Burns

At the 2014Sarah Carey Forum, Eurasia Foundation will present the 2014 Sarah Carey Award to Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns for his lifetime of service to the country and for fostering better relations between the U.S. and the countries of Eurasia. Over the course of a distinguished career spanning more than three decades and seven Secretaries of State, Ambassador Burns has been described as America's "secret diplomatic weapon," successfully wrestling with some of the toughest foreign policy challenges our nation has faced.

Serving as Deputy Secretary since 2011, Ambassador Burns is only the second career ambassador to reach that rank. From 2008 until 2011 Ambassador Burns was the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, and he was Ambassador to Russia from 2005 until 2008, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2001 until 2005, and Ambassador to Jordan from 1998 until 2001. Ambassador Burns has spent much of his career working to improve America’s relationship with Eurasia and the Middle East. In addition to being the ambassador to Russia, he played a vital role in the creation and execution of the “Reset” policy with in 2009, and a leading role in the P5+1 negotiations with Iran. He has received numerous awards and prizes for his work in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, supporting civil society, and building economic ties between the US and other countries.

Sarah Carey Forum

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.

This year, following Ambassador Burns' award and keynote address, there will be a panel discussion: "Engaging with Putin's Russia: Current Challenges and Future Prospects". Confirmed speakers for the discussion include:

    • Ambassador John Beyrle, former US Ambassador to Russia
    • Jill Dougherty, public policy scholar at the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center and former CNN correspondent
    • Susan Glasser, editor of Politico Magazine
    • Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
    • Charlie Ryan, Chairman of UFG Asset Management Russia

More information about the 2014 Sarah Carey Forum, click here.

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.

Young Professionals Network

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 2013-4 events included meeting former ambassadors Thomas R. Pickering and John Beyrle, Azerbaijani Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, and former Georgian Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili, along with many policy experts, journalists, and activists from the region.