5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Book Talk: Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier

Event Co-sponsors

At the height of Cold War tensions, Alaskan and Russian citizen diplomats reached across the Bering Strait to launch 30 years of perilous yet prolific dialog. David Ramseur’s book, the first to document this era, is the story of how inspiration, courage, and persistence can bridge a widening gap in international relations, detailing a model of cooperation sorely needed today.


  • David Ramseur

    Visiting Scholar in Public Policy, Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage; Former Chief of Staff, US Senator Mark Begich