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General Assembly keynote address by Richard Conn

A multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes. Guiding principles: Legitimacy, impartiality, transparency, good faith and sustainability.

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We Are US/Russia Experts From Opposing Sides Finding Common Ground


June 20, 2019
Andrey Kortunov

Ph.D. in History, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, RIAC member

Richard A. Conn, Jr.

Managing Partner of Eurasia Advisors LLC


Episode 3 of Money Mountaineering with Peter Neuwirth features critical thinking expert Richard Conn, Jr, author of “The Earthbound Parent”

Россия1- Вести (Vesti - russian news program) (December 17, 2016)

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Partner at Eurasia Advisors, on Rex Tillerson as the man without anti-russian stereotypes.



Bloomberg Radio Interview (July 19, 2018).

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Partner of Eurasia Advisors, on the fallout of President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.


Bloomberg Radio Interview (April 19, 2018).

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Partner of Eurasia Advisors and author of his new book, "The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise Your Little Angels Without Religion," discusses US-Russia relations and impact of sanctions.


Bloomberg Radio Interview (February 20, 2018).

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Partner of Eurasia Advisors, on impact of the Mueller indictments on US-Russia relations, and what response would be effective in dealing with Moscow.


Bloomberg Radio Interview (November 1, 2017).

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Parnter Eurasia Advisors, talks about the links between Russia, Ukraine and Manafort, and how the conspiracy investigation is a watershed event in U.S. history.


Bloomberg Radio Interview (March 9, 2017).

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Partner at Eurasia Advisors, on Trump’s pick for Ambassador to Russia, and perspective on the Trump-Russia investigation.


Bloomberg Radio Interview (February 21, 2017).

GUEST: Richard Conn Mangaing Partner Eurasia Advisors Will discuss Russia and implications of the White House shake-up on US-Russia relations.


Bloomberg Radio Interview (December 20, 2016).

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Partner at Eurasia Advisors, on Russia relations with Turkey and the U.S., and implications of the Turkish Ambassador’s assassination.


Bloomberg Radio Interview (November 21, 2016).

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Partner at Eurasia Advisors, on Russia: is the market more attractive post-election, and is Trump’s seeming wish for a closer relationship with Russia real?


Bloomberg Radio Interview (October 4, 2016).

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Partner at Eurasia Advisors, analyzes the current status of US-Russia relations and Russia’s view of the U.S. election.


Bloomberg Radio Interview (July 13, 2016).

GUEST: Richard Conn, Managing Partner Eurasia Advisors, on investing in Russia, Ukraine and CIS markets, and how Brexit has impacted the region.


Investing in US Private Equity: A Primer for Chinese Investors

The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise Your Little Angels Without Religion, Pitchstone Publishing (2018)

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“In a period of religious extremism Richard Conn provides practical advice about how to raise children without religious dogma, as thoughtful, responsible, creative individuals.”

— George Soros, philanthropist and author

"A remarkable book I wish I had read thirty years ago. A convincing and beautiful guide to nonreligious parenting.”

— Henrik Carlsen, Father of world chess champion Magnus Carlsen

"Other books show that religion is nonsense. The Earthbound Parent by Richard Conn humanely & sympathetically takes next step. Religion is nonsense but how to raise happy, moral children without it?"

— Richard Dawkins


The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise Your Little Angels Without Religion (video)


Richard Conn: How (and Why) to Raise Your Little Angels Without Religion

In Deep with Angie Coiro: Interviews


An Angie Coiro Podcast:

Bringing Up Atheists with Richard Conn Jr.

Richard Conn Jr., author of The Earthbound Parent, joined Angie Coiro to talk about raising children to be atheists in a religion filled world.

Coiro: Now, I know that your experience goes beyond just your own family. What do you hear from other parents who are trying to raise their children as non-theists?

Conn Jr.: strong sense of ethics and critical thinking. They do as we do, which is not passing along any hostility of any sort towards people who wish to have a belief system based on the supernatural. I don’t see from other parents any problem with that. But again, these are people who are living in regions where there is not direct animosity towards people who are not part of these religious organizations. If you were to go to certain parts of the United States or other countries, particularly in the Middle East, people need to be more cautious and thoughtful about stepping out in a direction different than societal norms.

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Richard Conn on Letting Go of Religion and Embracing Reality

What will it take for the world to renounce religious dogma and discover humanity’s place in it through science and reason? Can it save our societies from perpetual conflict? Attorney and investment fund manager Richard Conn joins this episode of Vital Interests Podcast to discuss his new book, The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise Your Little Angels Without Religion.


Ep8: Explore the art of critical-thinking with experts Leland Faust and Richard Conn Jr.


Encounters: Richard and Richard and Woody

by Frederic Friedel


Dartmouth Alumni Books

New titles from Dartmouth writers (September/October 2018)

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The Power of Critical Thinking


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Leland Faust

Former Chairman, CSI Capital Management; Author, A Capitalist's Lament: How Wall Street Is Fleecing You and Ruining America

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Richard Conn
Managing Partner, Innovate Partners; International Attorney; Russia Expert; Board Member, International Crisis Group; Adviser to Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen; Author, The Earthbound Parent: How (and Why) to Raise Your Little Angels Without Religion

OECD Conference: "Sovereign Debt Restructuring

April 10, 2015, OECD Paris Headquaters
Conference session at Liberte, Egalite, Fragilite

Richard Conn
Principal & Managing Partner, Eurasia Advisors LLC

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The Alien Tort Statute: International Law as the Rule of Decision Richard A. Conn, Jr (1981)


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Too Little, Too Late: The Quest to Resolve Sovereign Debt Crises

Chapter "Towards a Sovereign Debt Restructuring Framework: Less is More", by Richard A. Conn, Jr.

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Trade and investment between the United States and Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

Hearing before the Commerce, Consumer, and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, first session, November 5, 1993 by United States Congress, House Commerce, Consumer, and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee.

'Statement of Richard A.Conn, Jr., Partner, Latham & Watkins, before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer, and Monetary Affairs, Committee on Government Operations, US House of Representatives.

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Collier Labor Law and the Bankruptcy Code

Mark S. Pulliam, Richard A. Conn, Lawrence P. King
M. Bender, 1989, LAW

Available on Google Books

Richard is frequently quoted as an expert on business, economic and political matters, particularly regarding Eurasia.

Politics and Economics in the Russian Far East: Changing Ties with Asia-Pacific

edited by Tsuneo Akaha

Russia: US Companies Doing Business in Russia and NIS Volume 1 US Companies

By IBP, Inc

Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000

By Timothy J. Colton, Michael McFaul

Creating the Post-Sovient Russian Market Economy: Through American Eyes

By Daniel Satinsky


International Lawyers – Facilitating Global Integration and Advising Emerging Russia

"International law firms and individual attorneys played an important role as facilitators for multinationals entering the Russian market and as advisors to Russian reformers. Many prestigious international law firms were early entrants in Russia, including Coudert Brothers, White and Case, Baker & Mackenzie, Cleary Gottlieb, Steptoe and Johnson, Latham and Watkins, LeBoeuf Lamb, Salans, Squire Sanders and several others. Some of these firms have changed their names subsequently, so the name of the firm at that time will be used for reference here. Unfortunately, it was impossible to include all the rich experience of the 1990s that were in the attorney interviews. As a result, this section will focus on four pioneering attorneys and their experience in the Gorbachev and Yeltsin periods and their varying motivations for working in Russia. Some came for business opportunity, and some came for the opportunity to participate in constructing a new Russia, or some mixture of the two. The range of different and simultaneous motivations reflects the broader diversity among the expat business community of the time."

Latham Watkins

"Richard Conn was responsible for opening the Latham Watkins office in Moscow in the very early 1990s, a bit later than the other attorneys who appear in this chapter. Like the others, he had a personal interest in Russia through his study of Russian language, literature and chess and had been closely following developments in the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union collapsed and the Yeltsin group came to power, he lobbied Latham Watkins to set up an office in Moscow. “I went to the head of the firm and said that this guy Boris Yeltsin is just coming into power. You may not know this, but I speak Russian fluently. … I basically said, ‘I think I can probably make some good things happen. We’ll have some clients here, maybe in the US, who need support over there. Russia is trying to transition to a free market democratic structure. I’m sure that there will be some opportunities, perhaps to be helpful in that and basically, I’m crazy enough to do it.’ He was very supportive and let me do it. I guess the way I thought of it that there are many other sorts of self-selected types, who had an idealistic view of what they could accomplish in Russia. … No, I can’t say that in the forefront of my mind was that our clients are dying to get our services in Moscow and St Petersburg. That was an adjunct to it, and of course I took great care to spend a huge amount of my time building a client base. But in terms of my own personal interest that drove me to go there, it really did not have anything to do with the idea that it’s a good business decision for me personally or that our clients desperately needed us in Russia. But the two things tended to go hand in hand, you know building good relationships in a country generally allows you to function more smoothly. … And I just thought, I wouldn’t say an obligation, but I felt that it was the right thing to do to try to be helpful to a Russian Government that at least as I perceived it, was trying to move in a direction that I felt I wanted to support.” This fundamental idealism was embodied in how Richard described his career while he was resident in Moscow from 1992 to 1995 and his subsequent involvement with Russia."

Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics

By P. J. O'Rourke

USCF endorses Richard Conn for FIDE Deputy President

By USCF Executive Board
April 11, 2010

USCF is pleased to announce that former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, candidate for the office of FIDE President, has offered a spot on his ticket to the prominent international attorney Richard A. Conn, Jr. The Executive Board has unanimously endorsed the inclusion of Mr. Conn on the Karpov ticket and enthusiastically supports the ticket. Mr. Conn, a USCF member with a rating of 1943, will run for Deputy President of FIDE, a post exceeded in prominence only by the President. If elected, he will be the highest ranking American in FIDE history.

KARPOV 2010: Chess Greats Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov

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U.S. Business and the Russian Mob

Published: July 8, 1994

"If there was ever a sense that we were to be left alone, it is clearly gone now," said Richard A. Conn Jr., a lawyer with Latham & Watkins, a firm here that represents several major international corporations doing business in Russia. "I still consider it safe for Westerners to work here, and I encourage them to do so all the time. But the growth of the mob has been dramatic, and there just isn't a pass for American businesses from the mafia anymore."

Mr. Conn and most other foreign executives interviewed say that official corruption, an irrational system of levying and collecting taxes, and a lasting mistrust of profit still hurt American businesses here far more than crime does. And the executives note that no representative of any American company is known to have been killed by the mob, although such killings occur almost weekly among Russian businessmen, especially bankers.

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Hard Choices, Opportunities Lie Ahead for Nation, State

Published: January 03, 1993

"The really big worry is Russia. In the former Soviet Union, "the economy is breaking down," says Richard Conn, a managing partner of the Moscow office of Latham & Watkins, a Los Angeles law firm.
Conn, who helped draw up plans for the economic reforms presented by Finance Minister Yegor Gaidar--whom the Russian parliament rejected as prime minister--says inflation now is 1,000%. The ruble has gone in one year from 60 for $1 to 450 for $1. These figures work out to an inflation rate of 650%.
Unless Russia can pull out of such difficulties, strong men--nationalists, old Communists--will take back power, Conn predicts. Economic and political reforms would be curbed.
Russia would present a tougher face to Europe--and a foreign policy problem that would divert President Clinton from plans for the U.S. economy."

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Regions Wrest Powers from Kremlin

Published: May 25, 1993

For foreign investors, nothing is clear: whose laws to obey, which taxes to pay, whose claims of ownership to believe.

"You don't really know on any given day to what degree the laws of Russia are going to be honored," said Richard Conn, an American lawyer in Moscow who advises American firms and the Russian government. "It creates interesting legal issues."

But Conn and many others see the regional power grab as a generally healthy response to decades and even centuries of heavy-handed bureaucratic control from Moscow. "Our early history was a process of the states surrendering power to the central government," Conn said. "Here, because of this nation's strange history, regions are wresting power away from the center, as individuals wrest power from government."

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Richard A. Conn, Jr.

by Jonti Small, Managing Editor for "Russian Investment Review"
Sponsor of the Russian Economic Forum in London
Spring, 2006

What is the best way of describing what Conn International does?
Conn International Group LLC is a financial and legal advisory firm that assists western companies operating in Russia and Russian companies seeking to do business internationally. It sources and develops U.S.-Russian projects, assists in raising capital, identifies and facilitates cross-border investments and strategic alliances, and enhances U.S.-Russian business relations.

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Challenges of Implementing a New Legal System

By Richard Conn


That night I wound up -- I don't know how, probably something to do with getting that drink -- in the motley company of a friend, California congressman Chris Cox; Cox's friend Richard Conn, who's an American attorney now weed-whacking Russian legal thickets; and a friend of Conn's, Russian chess champion Gary Kasparov. Kasparov, who at his own expense had been stumping for Boris Yeltsin, took us to the campaign headquarters. This was a big, sorry slab of a modern hotel, a place where visiting Commie dignitaries used to be parked. There weren't any flags, signs, spotlights or festoons of bunting outside, just some police with machine guns. The lobby was large, dim, empty and covered in blocks of marble that didn't match up along the edges. Nowhere to be seen were crowds of bustling hangers-on, self-important minor functionaries, frantic strategists, hyperventilating pollsters, fuzz-faced volunteer kids or scurrying, ferretlike George Stephanopoulos characters. The place seemed to be made of American political anti-matter...

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