Next week Russia Direct will launch a special project, “U.S.-Russia Shared Frontiers,” which will deal with the shared historical and cultural legacy of both countries and its impact on their bilateral relations.

Pictured: The Fort Ross, a former Russian settlement in California. Photo: Fort Ross Conservancy

In an attempt to alleviate increasing tensions between Moscow and Washington, Russia Direct is launching a special project, “U.S.-Russia Shared Frontiers,” a publication dedicated to the two nations’ common historical legacy and its impact on their bilateral relations.

This first edition of “U.S.-Russia Shared Frontiers” focuses on Russia’s impact on California. The content, written by journalists, historians, academics and experts from the U.S. and Russia, includes stories about Russians in the early days of Hollywood, Russian and American joint efforts on environmental conservation in the Pacific, Russians working in Silicon Valley and exchange programs between Russian and American students — particularly the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum.

The publication also highlights Fort Ross and the role it played in early California. The fort is the topic of our cover story, and the publication features a wide-ranging interview with Fort Ross Conservancy CEO Sarah Sweedler. The next issues will cover the shared history of the U.S. and Russia in Alaska (to commemorate the 150th anniversary of its purchase in 2017), Hawaii and the East Coast.

On Oct. 17, Russia Direct will present this publication at the Fort Ross Dialogue, which will take place at the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California, with its pdf-version available in late October (both in English and Russian). At the same time, Russia Direct will host a panel discussing how to boost the development of U.S.-Russia professional, educational, and cultural ties in times of crisis. The event will also take place in the framework of the Fort Ross Dialogue.

The event is supported by the Russian oil transporting company Transneft.