Russia and Europe: friend and enemy, in that order?

Thursday, February 14, 2019 2:00 PM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Jamison Firestone
Jamison Firestone is a New York attorney and human rights / anti-corruption crusader who inadvertently helped set off a chain of events that caused a Russian government lawyer to walk into Trump Tower. Mr. Firestone founded Russia's first independent foreign law firm in 1993 with $1,000. In 1996 his firm was ranked 6th in Russia by revenue. By 2006 Mr. Firestone's firm was administering investment structures for his clients that held over $5 billion in assets. Mr. Firestone was also a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia and head of its Enterprise Development Committee. In 2007, structures administered by Mr. Firestone's firm were hijacked by Russian officials and used to steal $230 million from the Russian State. Mr. Firestone's partner, Sergei Magnitsky, blew the whistle on the crime and was subsequently arrested and killed by the officials he testified against. Since then Mr. Firestone has teamed up with a client, Mr. William Browder, and their group has created a sanctions regime to punish human rights abusers and corrupt actors. Magnitsky Sanctions have now been adopted by the US, UK, Canada, and the Baltics and are under consideration by countries around the world. Mr. Firestone is a graduate of Tulane University Law School.
Douglas Herbert
Douglas Herbert launched his journalism career from the bedroom of his childhood home on Manhattan's Upper East Side, hand-writing the Sunday weekly, House News, for a readership of two: his mom and dad. A decade and a half later, in the early 1990s, Douglas landed his first foreign assignment, drinking his way through the vineyards of southwest France as a writer and researcher for Harvard University's student-published Let's Go travel guide. Douglas subsequently freelanced in the Moscow bureau of The New York Times, chronicling the chaotic reality of a New Russia in the wake of Soviet collapse. After reporting stints in Tallinn, Estonia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Douglas joined CNN, initially at its financial desk in New York City and, later, at CNN International in London, covering the European Union and EU expansion. Today, Douglas is a Paris-based commentator on world affairs for France 24, an international news channel that he joined at its launch in 2006. Douglas has reported from nearly a dozen G7 and G20 summits, from Cannes to Québec to Northern Ireland; UN General Assemblies; the 2016 US presidential election campaign, from the national party conventions to Donald Trump's inauguration; and on the Ukrainian conflict. Douglas's guests on the France 24 Interview show have included Tony Blair, Samantha Power, Garry Kasparov and Stephen Breyer. For the past six years, Douglas has taught a graduate-level fact-checking course at Paris's Sciences Po Journalism School. Last November, he spent a week in Tashkent, Uzbekistan training a new generation of TV journalists in live reporting and breaking news. An avid Russophile, Douglas received his Master's Degree in Russian Studies from Harvard University. If Douglas could banish one term from the English lexicon, it would be: Fake News.